Having a four-legged companion is invaluable. They love unconditionally, they provide entertainment to steer off boredom, and add a sense of joy to life. They will always be there to greet you when you come home and make you laugh when you least expect it. Not only do dogs provide great friendships for their owners, but they can also improve the overall health and wellbeing of their owners. If you don’t have a dog already, or are considering getting one, here are five wellbeing benefits of having a dog that you should know about.
It was December 22, 2018, when I got a call from my son that our dog was ill and I needed to come home. I told my boss I had to leave and she was understanding, as a family member was sick.
Recently in the news, a woman who passed away had it in her will that her dog was to be euthanized, cremated, and buried with her. I’m sure she loved that dog as if they were a family member, but when the kennel tried to save the dog, the court ruled the pet as property, and the family went through with her request.
Hundreds of thousands of cats are killed on our roads every year. Many of them left to die alone, even if they could have been saved, if only someone had stopped to tend to them. Cats who fall victim to road traffic collisions can be mopped up by local councils, tossed in landfill, and owners never made aware of what has happened to their beloved pet. In current British law, this is perfectly legal.
The connections humans form with animals are truly amazing, inspiring, and unlike anything else. Pets play a comforting role in people’s lives as friends who can shape their companions’ personality, which is a reason many pet owners consider their cats and dogs as their children. Despite these valuable connections, pets are silent creatures who communicate in their own way—but having an affectionate creature who you don’t feel pressure to talk to and who isn’t going to judge you can help individuals, especially children, build better relationships with others.
1.5 million. This number represents the approximated whole of shelter animals euthanized each year, in the United States of America alone. This gruesome representation does not come close to demonstrating the amount of cruelty exerted, nor should it have to be thought of, and, in the case of it being necessary to be thought of, be ignored by a large majority of humans.
We have long rejected the powerful species that is the wolves. We have used them and never re-payed them. They joined us long ago, and in turn we domesticated them into a species that is now known as the canine (dog). We have now rejected dogs as we now reject wolves. We must protect them as they have helped us. We must appreciate the work that wolves have done for us. They are not a threat to us, we are a threat to them. Humans claim to be the superior race, it’s time to act like it. We have brains, we are able to directly help animals in need, but instead we lead them into extinction. I see no superiority in that.
For millennia, man and animal have coexisted on this earth. Cave paintings in Northern Spain that date back to roughly 30,000 BC portray creatures large and small. Ancient Egyptians based all of their deities around powerful creatures: hawks, cats, the ibis. Before the car, there was the horse. Even today, cute cats and delightful dogs dominate the internet with videos and photos of their misadventures. Animals have always played a role in our lives, but as times progressed, that role changed.
I’ve had you since you were exactly three weeks old. I was four months away from having my little blessing and I thought, the perfect thing would to have a kitten grow up along side her. Statistics seem to show that a child is happier when there’s a companion by their side. You were that. And so much more.
It all started with a dream, in hopes of becoming a reality. The only way for you to make these dreams come true is by putting yourself out there, starting with your best foot. That’s what I’m here to do. I thought about an idea in a way that would benefit both the community and myself.
Before I give you the juice, there's a story I must tell. A story which leads up to the moment I discovered the meaning of life. Try not to skip to the end.