Pets Contribute to Well-being

by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society

We’re officially into 2021. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? I made only two resolutions this year, and I am finding that my pets are the key to keeping them. 

One was to be more active and get outdoors more. My dog, Cassidy Roo, makes that happen and it’s not only benefitting me, it also benefits her! 

Even if I don’t feel like going for that morning or afternoon walk, it’s not an option. I have to go for her. I’m finding that once I get out there walking with her, I’m enjoying it and our walks are getting longer every day. 

I’m also noticing more of nature and the beauty around me. I discover new buds on trees and plants; I notice the design of the clouds in the sky; and I enjoy taking in a big breath of fresh air. 

All of that also helps with my second resolution, which is to relax a little more and take some “me” time. This is where my cats Pooh Bear and Tigger come into play.

Both love cuddle time, and I think they have gotten used to me being home more since the minute I sit down on the couch they are there ready to nuzzle up in my lap and basically “force” me to relax. I get lost in the moment just petting them and listening to them purr with happiness and contentment for us all. 

Basically, what I’m saying is pets can really help with our health and well-being. If you have pets then you already know this, and if you don’t have pets, it’s the perfect time to adopt one and change not only your life but theirs as well!

Photo: Greta & Al Bryant, 2015-2020 Yavapai Humane Society Board of Directors