Do You Have A Pet?
Some of my favorite “people” have had four legs. We were away for recently and put our dog Monet in the kennel, which made me think how much I miss her when she isn’t around. Even though she’s ten or eleven years old, she still brings a childlike joy to our home.
The dogs in my life
We recently lost her lifelong companion Chili to kidney failure and we see how the loss has affected Monet. She isn’t as vocal as she was before. She hides behind furniture when there is loud noise in the house, like when we were having work done in the kitchen. I think she took her behavior cues from Chili so she barked when Chili told her it was appropriate to do so. She would wait outside the back door when we put them out until Chili ran ahead and she would follow.
Now she goes out, takes care of business and then comes to sit by the door to wait to be let in. Chili was the one who told us it was time to let them in by being the one to bark at the door. We now must remember that Monet is outside, which we sometimes don’t realize for an hour or so.
What do pets do for you?
Besides bringing the aforementioned joy to a home, dogs and other pets do a lot more for you.
They give you unconditional love, and who couldn’t use a lot more of that? In a world that can sometimes be a little cruel and uncaring, coming home to the happy reception you receive from the pet that loves you can be soul shifting and uplifting.
You are less likely to be lonely. Having pets can bring opportunities for social interactions with other pet people or just people you meet on your walks. For introverts, being around people can be exhausting after a while. Coming home to a pet can be re-energizing. The pet has no expectations of you and is always happy to see you.
There are also many physical health benefits to living with a pet. Pet people often get more exercise, especially dog people. Walking or playing with the dog helps both of you. You will bond with the pet more fully which is emotionally satisfying but you will also enjoy the obvious fitness boost that walking and running around will bring. Other benefits are a decrease in blood pressure, triglycerides, and total cholesterol.
No two pets are the same
I’ve had dogs off and on since I was a kid. They can be annoying when all they want to do is be near you, as my Chili did. But now that she’s gone, I miss her company. She was a sweet and loving dog. We still have Monet, who also is a sweet and loving dog but each dog brings something different to the home.
I’ve never been a cat person. That doesn’t mean I don’t like cats, I just prefer dogs, so my frame of reference is that of one who has been owned by dogs.
Whether you are a dog person, cat person or other type of pet person, living with a pet can give you a more fulfilling life and a deeper connection to another living being that you might not otherwise have. Don’t underestimate the power of that connection.
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We love our furbabies. Our for brake is going through a mood right now where she wants to be in her crate ALL the time. So, I’ve had to take to kicking in so she has to stay social. It’s funny how they have moods just like us.
They really do…it’s pretty comical sometimes. I mean really, what do they have to be in a mood about? We give them the best life.
While I don’t any pets currently, growing up, we had many dogs and cats! Everything you say is true – each one had their own personality; unconditional love was always available, I never felt alone when one of them was around.
Thanks for sharing.
They really are a members of the family. I hope to always have a dog in my life. My Monet is losing her eyesight and walks into things and people all the time but she really is nice to have. Not a great watchdog but she’s really loving and sweet.
We lost our 16 year old toy poodle August 2018 just before Lia was born. I also remember the fun that Lia’s mommy had growing up with our pup and wishing Lia could have met him.
I’m so sorry to hear that Martha. We were all very sad when Chili passed on. They bring such joy while they’re with us.
It’s been a few years since I’ve had any pets. But I visit my sister’s house regularly and spend time with her two cats, who are brother and sister. One of them loves to jump on my lap and purr at top volume. He is pure delight. I also occasionally stay at other people’s houses and pet sit their dogs. The dogs are pure delight. When I hold up a leash, they get on their hind legs and dance! One dog tried to jump on my lap but I had to stop him from doing that because… well… he is a great big Akita who doesn’t understand exactly how large he is!!!
Dogs can be so much fun and sometimes the biggest ones are also the biggest babies who think they can be a lap dog. You get the best of both worlds Alice. You get to have fun with them without all the expense and responsibility.