Pets have often been referred to as a "social lubricant". Ever notice how it is so easy to greet and talk with someone on a walk if they have a pet.
Single seniors who tend to be "house bound" are encouraged to get exercise for their pet (and themselves). Also, they are more likely to be motivated to eat. After all, the pet needs to eat regular meals!
Did you know that petting a dog or cat lowers your blood pressure?
Studies on outcomes of persons who have suffered from a major heart attack show some interesting facts.
First, having a pet at home is as important to their outcome as any single medication.
Second, having a pet at home to pet and talk to has been shown to be as important as having a spouse at home!
Pets really seem to have a psychic ability that goes beyond human understanding. These are benefits readily recognized by animal lovers. Some dogs have proven this ability time and time again when someone is going to experience an epileptic seizure. This phenomenon can't be easily explained by science, but dog lovers know it needs no explanation.
If you've ever come home from a tough day and have a pet to greet you at the door, you probably already know the stress reducing benefits of pet ownership. The simple act of petting our dog or cuddling with a purring cat can lower our stress, heart rate and blood pressure. They help us forget about feeling ill and can help us forget we're in pain as well. Most of the time our pets are so sensitive to our feelings, they already know when we don't feel well or even when we're sad.
Pets give us benefits not always readily available from our human companions and that's unconditional love and acceptance. Our pets are always there for us and they are great listeners! A pet never judges us and they continue to love us in spite of our flaws and mistakes. That simple fact can be a stress reducer. Sometimes it's difficult to get that kind of support from human companions. Go here for the full link.
Needless to say I truly miss my Chihuahua's they were always loving, and there for me. Buttons, Precious, Susie, Sugar and Peaches. they made it possible to survive even when a good family life was not in my reach. All that I have now are pictures and memories. I only hope that I am able to find the love and tenderness that they provided, and that I am still on course to find my loving mate for the rest of my life. This is my daily prayer.