The numerous positive influences pets have on our emotional and physical health are well known and documented. Not conjecture, but fact.
Unfortunately, these benefits go unnoticed because we fail to make a real connection with our pets. If your pet has a annoying behavior problem, I assure you it's not a happy pet and you failed to make the connection.
Ask any "animal" person and they will tell you they communicate with their pet in a way mere words cannot express.
I watched a golden retriever puppy change an obese boys life. A Norwegian Forest cat bring an older woman out of severe depression after her husband died. I could write an entire book on the miracles I've seen pets perform. Not isolated cases, people with pets live longer, suffer fewer ailments and sickness. Their presence can reduce our blood pressure and cause beneficial brain chemicals to be released.
My personal experience has proven to me beyond doubt, that people who have a mutually loving relationship with their pet will be more likely to lose weight, more quickly than a person who does not have a good relationship with A pet.
I've heard it a thousand times. Experienced it with my own pets. Seen it so often with my own eyes. That anyone who would dispute the pet-good-health connection would also dispute the existence of the sun.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: This poem has given me much comfort. If it really isn't this way, it should be!
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....