For a little over a year I have been house/pet sitting for a retired couple living in Fl. In general I love all animals, but these two have a special place in my heart. Living alone has brought on a few challenges, however, I haven’t been living “alone alone” because of the pets. Thank God for that.
Tootise, is an 11 year old springier spaniel who is overly anxious and lovely. I also have Gizmo, the 14 year old 6lb long haired cat with resting B**** face but is a pur monster. I love them both. Having gone through this heartbreak living alone they have been my saving grace. Not only does Gizmo snuggle up close when I’m sad (its weird how animals know) but they’re were the only reason I got out of bed 2-3 times a day when first experiencing the heartbreak. I now understand why therapy animals are a thing. I don’t just believe in their purpose, I understand it because I’ve experienced the benefits.
So without further ado…
The Benefits Of Owning A Dog… & A Cat
1- They will love you unconditionally. You’ve cried off all your make up? You haven’t showered in a week? That doesn’t bother them one bit! They will happily snuggle up with you.
2-Puppy excitement the minute you get home from work. Being greeted at the door everyday with excited sequels is not overrated. Its nice to feel wanted.
3-Dog walks. Taking the dog for a long walk not only makes her happy, but it forces you to exercise a tiny bit (yay endorphins), get into the sunshine (yay vitamin D/fighting SAD), and gives you time to think. Bonus points for allowing yourself to meet the neighbors.
4-Snuggles. The need for touch is pretty high and the way our world works that need is rarely filled. So having an animal to be affectionate with is great.
5-They make it so you have to keep going. You have to get up to feed them or let them out. It may be exhausting to do so during your time of stress but I promise staying in bed all day all the time is detrimental to your health.
6-Petting a dog lowers your heart rate. Just a fun fact I’ve know for years, but yay for heart health. Research has found this to be especially true for men.
7-This is the cat one! Cat snuggles with purring is so wonderful. Admittedly, before this experience I was not a cat person, but Gizmo has warmed up my heart. I always love when she cuddles up and starts purring. Turns out, there is a reason why! The frequency that a cat purs at is good for human health. No joke. You can read about it more here.
There are tons of other reasons to get a dog, these are just some of my top few. If you get a pound puppy not only can you save a life, but it just might save yours. Hope you have a good week.