"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." ― Martin Buber
Owning an animal has dated back at least 15,000 years ago. It’s hard to imagine a little Yorkshire Terrier being around that long ago, but the lineage for dogs, specifically, has been traced back to a time when it can be said that they were descended from wolves. Back then, dogs protected homes, assisted in herding animals, used to hunt prey, and cats kept houses free of rodents and pests. Over time animals were bred to be compatible with humans and our lifestyles.
Even though our now domesticated and no longer wild pets still hold the traits they serve an entirely new purpose now. They aren’t just hunters, herding animals, or pest control. They make us happy. They improve our lives as we know it just by giving us their wet nose and happy yips. Here are some of the many benefits that come with being a pet parent!
Pets Make You Stress Less
You might be wondering how that’s possible. It’s simple really! On the days when you are down and out, they are there comforting you and reminding you that you have them near. Pets give you a reason to get out of bed each morning. Not only will it help you find a purpose in life, but it also keeps you in a routine. Once your animal knows when it’s time to go to the bathroom and eat, it will automatically register when it’s that time which puts you on a certain schedule each day.
Walk, Walk, Walk.
Being stress-free can make anyone feel better mentally, but it also has a high impact on your physical being. Having your fur (or furless) baby in your life can boost your physical activity. It brings us back to our routine/schedule form earlier. They spur us to get up early, get up outside, and walk.Giving you the fitness boost you didn’t even know you needed.
Your dog’s friendly nature will be infectious to not only you but everyone around you. Their companionship doesn’t only happen at home! It can extend to anywhere you go. If you work somewhere that allows you to have your animal, talk with your boss about bringing him/her in! Their presence can bring your team together and provide a little bit of the joy that you feel daily.