The importance of pets

Pets are very important to everyone who owns them. Those who have pets live longer and more satisfied lives. They are known to lower our blood pressure and give us a reason for each day. I have had dogs and cats and they all left their footprints on my heart. Each individual pet has its own personality and its relationship with you is based on love and trust.

Some dogs are hunting companions. They enjoy retrieving play with their owners and enjoying their outings together. These dogs also make great family pets. I had an Irish setter that went bird hunting with my husband. She was all business in the woods, but when she was home she was the sweetest dog. This dog was also taken to obedience trials and won ribbons at dog shows. She helped create cherished memories for our family.

I have seen guide dogs as they allow their owner to participate in activities that they would not be able to do without their presence. There used to be a man guided to our church every Sunday to sit in the front row by his guide dog. The priest went out of his way to bring her the communion wafer. The dog was obedient and a blessing to this man and it was beautiful to watch the dog as he worked. No one was allowed to pet the dog while he was doing his job. He was a beautiful German shepherd.

There are other dogs that are just family pets. She had two other dogs that she used to walk daily. I miss them and their moments with me as they have now passed over the rainbow bridge. The second dog was an English setter and the third dog was a Gordon setter. There are so many fun memories that are in my mind.

Of course we had cats with these dogs. It is a myth that dogs and cats do not get along. If they are raised together, they tolerate each other and sometimes even learn to love each other. It is best to bring them as puppies or kittens and then they will bond with each other and can even play together.

I just can’t imagine a day without my pets in my life. If I’m sick, I have one of my cats that constantly meows and walks by me telling me I need asthma medication. This cat, Joshua, that I speak of as my angel kitty. Tinkerbelle, my newest member of our house, has yet to learn to anticipate such events with me. I know that my pets help me through each day by showing me their love and care. They are worth more to me than any diamond ring.

I know that my own life would not be complete without the presence of a pet. They give me a reason to live as each day with them is a treasure to contemplate in the pages of the book of my own life.

I hope you have enjoyed my thoughts on the pets in our lives.

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