Do Pets make us happier???

I don’t know about you guys, but I couldn’t imagine life without our pets. We have two pugs, Muffin and Bambi. Tresne and I have always felt that the girls put us in a happier, more grateful mindset. Well, current research states that we are right! Pets do make us happier!

Pet owners are healthier, have greater self-esteem and are less lonely than those who don’t have animals at home, according to a study. Multiple studies indicate that pets are powerful forms of stress relief, lowering not only blood pressure but also harmful stress hormones like cortisol, which is associated with depression and anxiety, and elevating beneficial ones like oxytocin, which is linked to happiness and relaxation. Some people experienced increased output of endorphins and dopamine’s after just five minutes with an animal. Why exercise when you can hang out with your Pets!

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Pets influence our lives for the better. Who among us doesn’t remember a special pet from your childhood? They’re remembered because their love was special. Whatever they gave to us made a lasting impression. We remember the loyalty and love.

We also remember the sadness. The passing of a pet or the incredibly heartbreaking decision to euthanise a suffering dog or cat. Their love as well as their memories will stay with us forever.

Pets are amazing for the soul and help us heal. Nursing homes have started using pet therapy as part of an interactive program for their patients. Many nursing homes now have house cats whose presence brings peace to their patients and the cats seem to instinctively know when they’re needed.

We’ve all heard stories of dogs who risk their lives to protect their owners, and even complete strangers, from physical attacks. Cats that have been known to alert sleeping families to fire and other dangers in the home.

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There’s the story of Hachiko, who greeted his owner at the train station every day when he returned home from work, and after the owner suddenly died, he returned to the train station at the same time every day for nine years.

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Pigs are my favourite animal. I’ve always wanted a pet pig but Tresne won’t let me have one, so the closest thing to a Pig is a Pug! Here’s an amazing story about a pot-bellied pig, maybe after Tresne reads this, I will be allowed to get one!

A lady suffered a heart attack and collapsed to the ground. Lulu, the pot-bellied pig, rushed out of the house, lying down in the street to stop traffic. The pig tried relentlessly to get help, returning to the house to check on the woman, only to rush back to the street for help. Finally, one person stopped and followed the determined pig back to the house, where they found the lady in pain on the floor. She was immediately rushed to a hospital.

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Pets love us without reservation, they trust us implicitly, they accept us as we are, warts and all.

What a perfect definition of unconditional love!
 

Pets are not your whole life, but they certainly make your life whole.

So do Pets make us happier???? Yes they do!

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