10 Ways to Be Richly Rewarded by Your Pet [Video Included]

When you adopt a pet, it not only enters your home but also your heart. The love and attention we give our furbaby produces positive benefits to us.

A pet brings many gifts/rewards into our lives. I’d like to reflect on these gifts our animal companions bring to our lives throughout the years.

10 Gifts Our Pets Give Us

1. Connection

Our pets stay connected to us no matter how bad we feel or behave. They’re right beside us every step of the way, every minute of the day. During those times when we feel ignored and disengaged from the world, our pets offer unconditional connectedness. Animals help us connect and interact with others. Pets help calm and focus children with autism.

2. Communication

Close, connected relationships evolve from clear, consistent communication. When communication is untrustworthy or used in a harmful way, the relationship breaks down.

Our pets “talk” to us constantly through their body language and behavior. It’s our job to learn the language they speak, and to communicate clearly to them what we expect and appreciate about their behavior.

3. Staying in the moment

As humans, we spend considerable time feeling regret for something in our past, or feeling anxious about the future. It’s not time well spent, but most of us tend to live in the past or the future rather than the present moment.

Our pets, by their example, help us to stay present – to live for today. Our animal companions experience each moment as it arrives with enthusiasm and joy, and so can we if we follow their lead.

4. Forgiveness

Most of us can remember a time when we ignored our pet, or lost patience and spoke too sharply. We also remember that our animal companion forgave us the very next second.

Our pets don’t hold grudges. They don’t punish themselves or us by clinging to past insults. They offer instant forgiveness and an open heart.

5. A life in balance

Our animal companions are at their best when we provide them with consistency in the form of healthy nourishment, daily exercise, structure to their daily routine, and lots of love.

These are the “simple things in life” that are the foundation for a balanced, less stressful, and more joyful existence.

6. Health

There are many health benefits to owning a pet. Petting them has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce depression. Some dogs and cats have been able to detect illness, such as seizures, certain cancers and blood sugar levels.

7. Support

 Pets give us love and attention when we are upset, depressed or grieving. They seem to know when we need their comfort.

8. Laughter 

 Pets bring laughter and joy. Laughter heals and it produces lower blood pressure, increases blood flow, enhances our immune system and brings stress relief.

9. Security 

Pets provide us with a sense of security. Dogs will bark and let us know if something is wrong. There have been many stories of either dogs or cats waking up their owners if there is a fire in the house.

10. Companship

The biggest gift of all is the joy of companionship. There is truly nothing better than coming home to a purring kitty or a wagging tail. My pets have provided me with endless laughter! Everyday, at least one of my furbabies does something hilarious that puts a smile on my face!

Want Even More Joy?

If you want to bring more gifts and joy into your life, consider adopting a homeless pet from your local shelter or rescue organization.

An adopted pet can enrich your life in countless ways. The unconditional love and loyalty of a dog, cat, or other animal companion can alleviate depression, ease loneliness, lower blood pressure, and give you a reason to get up every day.

There are few things as warm and comforting on a cold winter evening as a kitty asleep in your lap. If one of your goals is to get in shape, a dog that loves to walk or run outdoors can be just the incentive you need to start exercising regularly.

There are countless benefits to pet ownership, and when you know you saved your furry companion from an unpleasant fate, it makes the bond you share that much more meaningful.

Giving Back

If you're not in a position to provide a permanent home for a pet, but are interested in making a real hands-on difference in the lives of homeless pets, there are many ways to help, depending on your time, resources, and talents.

Many people volunteer at their local animal shelter for a certain number of hours each week or month, while others have pets in need come to them, by serving as foster families for animals awaiting adoption.

Pets are fostered for lots of different reasons, including:
  • An overflowing shelter
  • An animal with special needs – she might be pregnant or nursing, or recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery
  • A kitten or puppy still too young to be adopted
  • A pet showing significant stress-related behavior (pacing or hiding, for instance)
  • An animal who has never lived in a home or had much contact with people who needs to be socialized to a home environment
Fostering triggers a positive domino effect. The more people willing to open their homes to foster pets, the more pets local shelters can accommodate -- and for longer periods.

This gives each animal the best shot at finding a new home.


Dr. Becker
Purrfect Pet Companion
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Animal shelters and rescue groups are your best source for a new pet. Did you know that shelters and rescues - large and small - always have a great selection of animals looking for new homes. You can find cats and dogs, birds, small animals and even pure bred pets that are looking for their forever home.

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