Stories Written, Compiled by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society.
February is known as the “month of love” because of Valentine’s Day. It’s also known as Friendship Month and American Heart Month. All of these celebrations make me think of our pets and what they bring to our lives.
First thing is unconditional love. We’ve all heard the saying that “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than it loves itself,” and I believe that with all my heart.
They have such an amazing connection with us — feeling our mood and emotions and knowing just what we need at the right time. They know we are going to take care of them and love them, and our reward is them actually taking care of and loving us!
Some people think there isn’t that kind of connection with a cat, but I disagree. Cats are extremely tuned in to our emotions, too, knowing what we need and providing us with head butts, cuddles, purrs and love.
Second thing: friendship. Our pets provide the truest form of friendship; they never lie to us or betray us, never tell our secrets and never judge us by what we look like or what job we have. They’re always there when we need to talk or vent about our day or something that happened, and just by doing that it always seems to make everything better.
They truly are the best therapists out there! It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re with your furry family members!
Third thing is a healthy heart and healthier lifestyle. People with pets tend to be healthier because they are more active going out for walks and playing with their dogs. Pet’s help to lower blood pressure, heart rates and cholesterol levels. They provide companionship to ease loneliness and help with PTSD.
And March just happens to be the month of New Beginnings.
If you’re looking for a new beginning, think about adopting a pet who will provide you with unconditional love, friendship and health. Check out the following pages to learn a little more about Yavapai Humane Society and even see updates on animals that were adopted. Writer Anne Lamott says, “My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day with my blankie, my cat and my dog.”
We couldn’t agree more!