The love and attention of a furry friend

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Imagine holding the cutest puppy or kitten in your arms two-inches away from your face, making baby noises while rubbing your nose against his. Also, picture his fluffy fur and small paws squirming in the air making him even cuter than before you picked him up.

If you are like me, and probably the rest of the world, you just cracked a smile.

Pets are a great way to lead a happier life. Studies show that just thinking about our animal companions wards off sadness after a rejection or social isolation, according to Happify’s website. They make us feel loved and allows us to express compassion, something humans are instinctually inclined to do.

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A couple of days ago, a pit bull was adopted from the Pearl River County SPCA animal shelter as a service dog for a family. This is a prime example of how pets can make us happy and revitalize our emotions in any circumstance.

This week, I picked my furry friend, Goliath, from the PRC SPCA. He is a 16-pound cat that has already helped me feel more at home in Picayune.

Pets can help us emotionally by grabbing our attention, offering social support, giving us physical contact and even exercise while caring for them.

Sometimes I just want to get away from the real world and turn my attention to something almost mindless like playing with a pet. I bet most people cannot recall what they were thinking of while playing with a dog or cat besides, “my pet is such a goober.” They can serve the same purpose as a human companion, but the great thing is that pets will always show that compassion.

Also, I know I am not the only person that talks to pets. Sometimes you need to vent but don’t want someone talking back, which is where pets come in. You can also be social with pets by teaching them new tricks.

Pets are a great way to open up a new chapter in your life. They can teach someone responsibility and discipline while at the same time giving them a new friend.