Even during the dark, damp days of winter, I distract my owners from their depressing doldrums. Cuddles is my name. Let me tell you how pets can brighten your dullest moods.
The Awww Factor
Just seeing an adorable pet immediately brings a smile to your face. How can you feel angry, sad, anxious or guilty when you watch our cute, innocent expressions –especially when we are doing something not so innocent or cute?
Soothing Touch Therapy
Nothing calms your mind, body and spirit better than softly stroking your pet’s tummy or forehead. Unlike many humans, we pets happily express our gratitude for your kind gestures. We never say “What have you done for me lately?”
Good Role Modeling
Just watch your pet take a refreshing nap. Notice how incredibly peaceful and comfortable your pet seems while he sleeps soundly. We don’t ruminate about where we will get our next meal; we trust that you will provide it for us. And credit-card bills? What are those?
Boost your mood by taking us out for a short walk to do our business. The brisk, cold air rejuvenates your tired body before you know it. Plus, you might get lucky and get a bit of sunshine as well. Of course, the downside is picking up our poop –we never promised you a rose garden here.
Inner Kitten or Puppy
One of the best ways to ease stress is to laugh. And it’s easy to laugh while watching your pet’s antics. Okay, maybe it’s not so funny to clean up our messes or repair the damage we cause. But cmon! We only get into mischief to amuse you.
While you relax in front of a 10,000 lux light to ease seasonal affective depression, we will sit by your side to offer support and distraction.
Dogs enthusiastically learn tricks to score treats. Cats will perform tricks too . . . when they want to. However, all pets learn how to get their owner’s attention, especially at meal time.
Tired of that bland turkey burger or tuna casserole, but don’t want to tell the cook? Chances are good that Fido or Fifi will relieve you of your leftovers – with no trace of detection. However, make sure you get take your Vitamin D3 and Omega 3 supplements to relieve your winter blues – we will not eat those.
No matter your mood or inattention or cross words, we still love you.
There is much research to suggest that pets benefit owners in a variety of ways. Here is a great summary article from the Huffington Post on these benefits. Just remember, winter will be over in less than 12 weeks! Then you and your pets can stomp in the mud puddles of spring.
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