If you’re a pet owner, you might already know that pets are stress fighters. WebMD states that petting your cat or dog feels good. It can lower your blood pressure, helps your body release a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone.
“We found that pet owners, on average, were better off than non-owners, especially when they have a higher-quality relationship with their pets,” says pet researcher Allen R. McConnell, PhD., professor of psychology at Miami University. “What [makes] a meaningful relationship varies from person to person.” For some active people, that includes playing ball or Frisbee in the park. For others who can’t get outside, just petting your dog can help you feel connected.
People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who don’t have pets. They also visit the doctor less often for minor problems. One reason for that may be that your pet gives you a sense of belonging and meaning, McConnell says, “You feel like you have greater control of your life.”
“Jojo truly knows how to turn any frown upside down. When I get absorbed in life’s dramas I take comfort with him next to me as we watch reality TV together. He is such a light to have around the house. I love how excited he gets before we go out for our evening walks. I love how he takes his time walking and sniffs the environment around him… “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!” He’s very curious, very innocent. When life gets too fast, he brings me back down to level. He’s like my child, or better yet, my little angel.”
– Michael Saint Michael, La Mirada
“Meet two besties, pictured on the rocks at Joshua Tree. Jonny is one on the right, adopted 4 years ago from the Coachella Valley County Shelter at two months old. He’s a terrier-doxy mix, according to a DNA test. Jey Jey is 18 months old, adopted from the Palm Springs City Shelter via the Pet Place International rescue group. He’s a min-pin mix. Jey Jey’s original shelter name was “Jonny” — so it was destiny he was going to come home. They like to wrestle with each other, play ball and keep an eye on things. They hang out at the Palm Springs Dog Park nearly every day, and are two of the doggie poster boys for park improvement.
– Greg and Travis, Palm Springs
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