I came across this little piece of information that this is the Animal-Human Relationship Awareness Week. It was a revelation for me, indeed, that people celebrated an entire week in honor of the relationship we humans share with animals and hence decided to do this post.
We, humans, have had animals not only as pets but also as security guards and hunters since years. However, it is as pets that our animal friends have made us realize their importance in our lives. I have had pets since childhood. My very first pet was a rabbit that I picked up from a playground. It actually belonged to a friend, who was in the process of disposing of the poor creature.
So, it was as a little girl that I learned to be responsible for another life. And, it has been this magical bond that I have had with all the pets that has taught me a precious lot about Life.
Sharing with you all today…
5 ways in which your pets improve your life:
Pets help you de-stress:
You return from work bone-tired, and as you open the door, this bundle of fur comes dashing across the room with happiness writ large on its face. How do you feel?
I would feel on top of the world! Here was someone who cared about me–really cared about me–and was delighted to meet me at the end of the day. How special it felt! Still does, when I return home and Cookie comes flying towards me and perches on my shoulder, chirping excitedly, as if asking me where I had been!
All the day’s fatigue vanishes in no time and you feel refreshed. You share your day’s troubles with this little creature who does not understand head or tail of what you speak, but at the end of this talk, you feel relieved. Having unburdened yourself thus, you now look forward to spending the evening peacefully, with a happy tail wagging by your side, or twirling around your legs as you prepare supper.
Pets teach you the meaning of true love:
“My pet showers me with unconditional love!”
How many times you may have read/heard this line and wondered what’s the fuss all about, isn’t it? But, really, ask a pet owner and you will know what we mean. It was only after experiencing it with Chikoo that I learned the true meaning of unconditional love. You may be sick/tired/angry/harried/irritated and as a result, venting all your frustration on your pet, and all you will get in return is slobbery kisses and eyes dripping with love.
Your pet will never, ever, abandon you, especially when it sees you in this miserable condition. They stay by your side, offering you their quiet company, their shoulder to cry on. They do their best to heal your broken heart and give you the reassurance that, come what may, they will be by your side, always.
Pets help you socialize:
Being a shy person, communicating with people has always been an Achilles Heel. I would much rather keep my thoughts to myself than share them with others. But, with pets, you learn to open up and come out of your shell, mingle freely.
Taking them out for walks brings you in the company of people and you learn to loosen your tongue. I would always find ways to get out of a situation where I had to speak with strangers. I still do, but now, at least I am prepared to speak if the situation arises. All thanks to my pets, I am, at times, eager to socialize!
Pets help you stay fit and healthy:
If you have a dog, it is an accepted fact that if you don’t take him out for a walk, he will bring the house down. If you have pet rabbits, you may not have to take them out for a walk, but you will definitely be down on all fours coaxing them out from under the bed, or running around the house looking for them when they decide to play hide-and-seek.
And, if you have pet parrots, and you decide to let them out of their cages, you spend your time bending down to clean up their droppings or coaxing them to come out of their weird hiding places or keeping an eye on what they put into their mouths!
So, with all of these activities, you are definitely going to stay on your feet, away from the couch, working out and staying physically fit and mentally calm.
Well, it does take a lot of patience getting animals and birds to do your bidding, so, of course it teaches you how to stay calm in every situation!
Pets help fight loneliness:
With all the unconditional love they shower on us, it comes as no surprise that pets make for the best companions–better than humans! Your partner, children, friends will all be with you, but only for some time. But, your pets will be with you as long as they live.
They place you ahead of themselves; you are their world, so in your moments of loneliness, they will be by your side, licking away those wounds that are seldom visible to others’ eyes.
I remember Chikoo would limp towards me, place his paw on my thigh and assure me that he would be with me, always. Those moments of utter loneliness saw me wade through only because of his presence. And, now, Cookie carries forward the tradition.
It helps having a pet by your side. They distract your attention from stuff that’s harmful to you–your stress, for example.
The attention they seek from you helps you forget about your worries and focus on them. Refreshed, when you get back to the issue that caused you the worry, you realise how futile the exercise was! Don’t you agree?
Do you have a pet? How has it changed your Life? Do share with me; I am a sucker for pet stories!
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