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Pets Are Part of Your Family

Animals give us so much. Pets can help ease stress, decrease the risks of depression, and provide a consistent source of love and affection.

Nearly every morning that I go for my walk, I meet a new neighbor. Actually, if it wasn’t for the dog on a leash, I would probably just pass by with a quick “hello”. It’s the dog that looks at me and comes forward “smiling” and wagging his tail. I can’t help stopping and inviting him to come and sniff my hand.

This morning I met Calvin and his master Steve. Although they live only a five minute walk from me, our paths have never crossed before. Of course, it is possible that Steve and I had passed one and other along the sidewalk but without Calvin to introduce us we hadn’t met.

My neighbors have lived next door to me for more than a year. We have never said anything more than “hello” or “good morning. Then, about a month ago Eeyore moved in. He is a cute rescue dog with floppy years. Thus, the name Eeyore. This friendly little guy quickly introduced me to Roger and Stephanie. Now when we meet, we have long conversations and I am delighted to know another one of my neighbors.

Because dogs are taken out for walks, I frequently meet them. However, I have sometimes caught a glimpse of a cat on a window sill. I’m sure that many households consider turtles and bunnies to be part of their family too.

It’s not surprising that 164 million Americans are pet owners.

Animals give us so much. They can help ease stress, decrease the risks of depression, and provide a consistent source of love and affection.

To learn more about pet care, visit the Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners:

* Common Household Dangers for Pets
* Food Safety for Pets
* How to Pet-Proof Your Home
* Safety for Specialty and Exotic Pets

More resources for Pet Owners:
Pet Ownership Costs Guide
The Ultimate Guide to Financial Aid for Pets

Photo: Maëlick