Celebrating The Dog
There was a killer website called “Border Collie Nightmares”, Tales of pups running mayhem over their beta “masters”. May have to try to find in the way back machine archives.
Thanks for the link to similar evidence on positive effect of cats and other pets.
As older adults, my wife and I know our “Grand-Cat” Nova (as in CasaNova), has been a comforting companion, through many challenges.
He is just content to “hang-out” as shown in his favorite pose as a “Chair Slug” (as our adult son puts it).
Thanks for these posts as a reminder of the comforts, we can have now and going forward from our other “family members”!
When Chris and I talk with audiences on the topic of emergency preparedness — stored food, organized community support, planning for those in your family/neighborhood who will be unprepared in an emergency — we sometimes say tongue-in-cheek: “The fast track to become well-prepared is to join the Mormon Church”, as doing so would plug you into an existing organization efficiently structured around those priorities.
We can make a similar argument for emotional resilience. A fast track to greater happiness and well-being is to let a pet into your life 🙂
- This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Adam Taggart.
We have a delightful Russian Blue who is very much like a dog compared to any other cat we’ve ever had. He came from the pound (pet rescue) and is so un-cat like.
He’s been wrapped in Christmas paper, placed in homemade superhero capes, taught to sit, stay and back, and we’d never believe a cat could be like this if we’d not owned him. Never a claw or bite no matter what little ones do to him, and he follows us around outside just like a dog. I would recommend the breed to anyone who wanted a cat.
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From a recent Wag! survey:
Conducted by Wag!, a mobile dog-walking app, a survey of more than 2,000 pet parents found that 44% of respondents would rather turn to their dog for emotional support than talk about their feelings with a family member.
Dogs also appear to be the center of affection for many families as well, with 38% of respondents admitting that the family dog is the “person” they show the most love or attention to in their household. For reference, 31% of respondents said they show the most affection towards their own children and 23% reported giving their spouse or significant other the most attention / affection.
I have to admit that this dynamic is not uncommon at the Taggart household. During times when we’re grumpy with one another, we can always find common ground agreeing each of us loves the dog.
And if I’m processing challenging emotional thoughts? I take Boston to the beach. Her companionship grounds me and gets my mind ready to tackle my issue with an actual human.