Pets are my #2 in things to be happy about. They don’t care so much about “social distancing” and they are always here for us. Pets make life better, happier, healthier and more fun.
Pets have health benefits. Having a pet can help lower blood pressure, decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness. They can help to calm and relax you. Watching fish swim in a tank can give you a sense of calm.
When I was a kid, my dentist always had a huge fish tank in his waiting room.
Pets are more than just fun to have around. They can help people with disabilities both to help deal with daily life and also as companions.
I’m sure you can think of so many other ways that pets are priceless.
Dog People vs. Cat People?
When it comes to furry pets, there are generally two types of people: the cat people and the dog people. You might have both in your life, but there really are those (myself included) that gravitate strongly towards one or the other.
Actually there are three types if you include birds, finny friends, rodents, reptiles, and other more exotic pets.
I’m not trying to diss the bird/fish/retile/rodent/exotics population of pet owners, but for this #2 Things to be Happy About I’m focusing on cats and dog pets. Don’t hate me if you love snakes, or birds, or something else. We know you love them, too.
Nike & Bob Marley:
I’m definitely strongly a cat person. I have had furry family members (cats) in my life since I was two years old.
My two cats are really helping me to be happy about things.
Nike (the goddess, not the shoe) is a purebred Maine coon with a sweet, loving disposition. She looks a bit wild, but you can pick her up, or she will beg to jump up and cuddle with you.
Bob Marley is a beautiful black and white rescue who bites my toes at night, but that’s his way of showing his love. When we added Bob Marley to our family, the only way we could get this abused and frightened cat to calm down was by singing “three little birds” by Bob Marley (“don’t worry about a thing…’Cause every little thing gonna be alright..“).
Some people think cats are cold. That just isn’t so! Cats can instinctively tell if we aren’t feeling well or are unhappy about something, Ours both sleep with us at night providing the soothing sound of purring to drown out whatever else is bothering us.
Facebook Pet Groups:
These days, to find more things to be happy about, I find myself visiting one of the cats fan groups on Facebook. There are groups for just about every pet fancier without all the negativity and political posturing that I want to avoid.
When I look at the beautiful, funny, playful and kitties and their antics on videos that proud owners have posted, I can’t help but smile.
I’ve never had dogs in my life, but dogs look like such fun! They’re a good excuse to go outside and get some exercise. It’s also essential for most dogs to relieve themselves somewhere other than the couch or the rug (rain or shine, we’re going o.u.t!).
During less restricted times, dogs are a way to make social connections. Who doesn’t smile at a happy dog walking with its two-legged friend?
Your Pets = Great Support System:
In times of trouble and especially in times like these, where we are isolated from friends, colleagues and family, our pets are a support system.
Pets of all types are really good listeners. Your pet may look at you with a blank stare when you say: “NO, not on the furniture!” or “STOP THAT!” but they have a sixth sense about when you are hurting.
It doesn’t matter if your pet is a Spaniel, a sparrow, or a spider – they all know more “English” than you think. Let loose and spill everything. Your pet will never tell your secrets.
Pets: Something to Be Happy About:
Our pets love no matter who we are. They don’t judge. No matter what kind of pet you have, you know they are there for you as you are for them. Even the post office loves pets (no wonder they offered these stamps as an homage to pets of all types).
My #2 Thing to be Happy About is Pets. Pets, rock!
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