Ever had a hard day at the office only to come home to your dog who’s beyond excited to see you walk through the front door? Your phone may be buzzing with text messages from colleagues, the kids may be asking “What’s for dinner?” and the laundry basket may be overflowing, but all that matters is a look and sloppy kiss from your best four-legged friend.
Pets have a special power. They lighten our mood and give us a boost of energy at the end of a long day. They greet us each morning with a wagging tail and a “feed me” nudge. Pets are part of our holiday cards and social media feeds.
We may like to spoil our pets with special treats and the occasional dog sweater, but pets make our lives better, too:
1. Pets are a wonderful source of companionship
This can be especially comforting to those who live alone, people who work from home or older adults who may not get out much to socialize. Even children will take comfort in having a furry best friend to keep them company. Even if your dog is simply lying at your feet or the cat is curled up in the corner, you know they’re close by and ready to listen to whatever you have to say – even if they don’t have much to say in return.
2. Pets keep you active
Studies show people who own dogs are likely to get more exercise. Anyone who’s ever had a Labrador retriever puppy knows this is true. Morning and evening walks are a must, especially for younger dogs with lots of energy to burn. Having a dog to walk means you’re getting in extra steps too.
3. Pets reduce stress
There’s a reason colleges bring dogs to campus during final exams – animals have a calming effect. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal pointed to studies that show “interacting with a dog can improve a person’s mood. Stroking a dog results in a surge of oxytocin and endorphins – hormones that promote bonding and feelings of well-being.”
4. Pets make you laugh
Whether doing tricks, chasing their tail or tossing around a toy, pets often act so silly and playful you can’t help but chuckle at their antics.
5. Pets improve your social life
Looking to make friends or meet a potential new love interest? Head to the dog park. Taking your dog to the park or dog-themed events is a great way to meet new people, and you know you’ll have at least one thing in common.
6. Pets love you unconditionally
No matter if you left the house in a grumpy mood or skipped your dog’s morning walk because it was raining, your four-legged friend loves you anyway. Pets can overlook a harsh word or a bad attitude. They love us at our worst and remind us that we too can look for the best in everyone.
You love your pets, and the staff at Stuhr Funeral Home loves theirs, too. They understand that pets often become part of the family. That’s why they proudly partner with Pet Rest Cremation Service to provide pet loss care to the Lowcountry community. No matter who you’ve lost, the team at Stuhr is dedicated to providing the best and most professional services possible during times of grieving and healing.