I love my grandpuppy! Yes I have a grandpuppy who is a Miniature Schnauzer and is so cute – she even has her own Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/wallis_the_pooch/ check here out! Her name is Wallis and she thinks she is a human and sometimes so do I.
Each week when I visit my grandson, Wallis races to say hello and definitely needs as much attention as her ‘little brother’. My three year old grandson, says Wallis is his ‘best friend’ and they have such fun playing together.
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Perhaps you are neither and prefer birds or even guinea pigs! It seems that most of us are either one or the other and a recent study through Roy Morgan Research in Australia showed that
‘50% of Aussies live in a household with at least one cat or/and dog in it’.
However, whichever side of the pet debate you are on, research shows that having a pet, especially a dog, definitely has a positive impact on our health and well-being.
How Pets improve our health
As we age and find ourselves alone, pets can provide companionship and help us maintain a purpose in our life.
Pets in health care
At the aged care facility where my mother-in-law lives, there is a volunteer who regularly visits the residents with her dog. Pet Therapy including Therapy Dogs International Nursing Home Program provides interaction with dogs and patients. This type of therapy has shown to get responses from elderly patients who have withdrawn. Pet therapy is widely used working with the elderly, children, people with special needs and in the area of mental health with positive results.
Sitting and stroking a purring feline can help to lower our stress levels and help us to relax.
Keeps us Fit
Having a pet, such as a dog, helps to keep us fit as daily works are required.
Sure, having a pet is a responsibility, can be expensive and can impact your life if you want to travel etc. However the responsibilities are outweighed by the benefits they bring to our lives.