Loving your pet and taking care of it, is not only your responsibility, but brings you pure joy, right? It floods you with happiness because you love to look after it. You may have a dog, cat, fish, rabbit, bird, tortoise,… Through my blog post, I’ll highlight how the process of caring for your pet, contributes to your well-being at the same time!
Being affectionate towards your little friend will undoubtedly make the latter cheerful. Pampering your pet is fun for you too. After a long day, spending some time together helps to unwind. You know that when you return home, your dog will be thrilled to see you.
Who doesn’t want to pat and stroke a soft fury cat? ‘A therapy cat is a cat trained to help ailing humans in a medically beneficial way to take advantage of the human-animal interaction for purposes of relaxation and healing. A therapy cat provides affection and comfort to people in retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, and other human service care facilities.’ – as per Wikipedia.
Looking at fish in an aquarium, can help soothe and relax your nerves. After a tiring day, dim the lights, put on some soft music and look at a fish tank. Don’t you feel like you’re meditating? On the other hand, someone I know personally told me that she felt very sad seeing her new bird (a birthday gift from her dad) in a cage, and that she opened the cage to set it free! She felt so relieved after having done so, and her bird even came back to see her once.
Having activities together, not only benefits your pet, but does the same to you! Take your dog to the local park for a walk, play ball, jog (keep it on a leash for safety reasons), then read a book under the tree while doggy drinks some water and rests under the shade. These are good exercises for both of you. Obesity can be an issue for pets too, and requires attention. On the other hand, bathing your dog may ask for greater energy on your part, if you need to chase it first, then put it in a bathtub or under the shower!
While we feel like spoiling our little friend, proper discipline is also an important element. Sharing your pizza may be what you are tempted to do, especially if your canine friend begs for some, using those sweet sad eyes to look at you. This in turn may result in having a ‘brat’ at home, being uncontrollable and difficult to handle. It’s our responsibility to balance love and discipline, so that we ‘bring up’ our pet properly, for its own good and with due respect.
‘Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.’ – Anatole France, as on Brainy Quote.
Do you already have a pet or plan to have one soon? How do you spend time together? Would you like to share how caring for your treasured friend brings you well-being? Please do so.
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