“Animals are more complete than people. They are wonderful teachers, therapists and role models for us all.”
Many people feel that their pets are part of their families. Dogs, cats, birds and even reptiles are included in holiday photos. Some pet owners have astonishingly bequeathed large sums of money to their pet companions in their Will. So why the love and adoration for these friendly companions?
Dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend,” and for good reason. No matter how difficult our day is, no matter what we look like or how we feel, our faithful comrades love us unconditionally. When we are at our worst – feeling sad, sick, unsightly, ill, with bed-head, baggy sweats and no make-up, our cherished pals seem to love us even more. And the feeling is mutual.
The pet industry, including food, toys and clothing has reached more than fifty-five billion dollars in sales (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/americans-spent-a-record-56-billion-on-pets-last-year/). Pet sweaters, shoes and strollers are all the rage! My girlfriends love to get the shed antlers I find on my ranch for their dogs. Jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, antlers make great chew toys. But dogs do more than just eat and play. They are essential members of our communities.
Dogs comfort the ill and assist the military, law enforcement and the handicapped. Their innate sense of smell helps them detect bad guys, bombs and drugs, keeping us safe. They can open cupboards and doors and are the eyes for the blind. Dogs as doctors? You betcha! Dogs can detect cancer, low blood sugar and seizures! (http://www.dogsdetectcancer.org/dogs-detect-cancer-blog/dogs-smell-cancer.) http://pets.webmd.com/features/pets-amazing-abilities?page=2
No matter what kind of mood you’re in, your pet is happy to see you and provides unconditional love. Spending time with your pet can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and can prevent a heart attack. Just being around my dogs is both calming and boosts my spirits. They don’t care about bad hair days or traffic jams. Pets just want to be loved, and to love you back. The happiest part of my day is spending time with my dogs. It takes my mind off me and puts the focus on what I can do to make my dog happier and healthier.