The benefits of owning pets

Living on a farm, it’s safe to say my family and I have ample room for a few critters here and there. In total, in the context of pets, we have two goats, five cats (two indoor, three outdoor), and three dogs.

I realize we aren’t exactly your average household with one or two pets, but we have the room, so the more the merrier.

I was laying with one of our dogs the other day, thinking about how darn wonderful he is, and it prompted me to compose a post discussing the benefits of having a pet, so long as you are able to. I realize not everyone has space available for animals, nor time, depending on work schedules, and there are also those among us who are allergic to pet dander.

You poor, poor people.

But for those of us who are able to own pets, check out some of my own personal reasons as to why you really should, so long as you are able to.

  • Pets are incredible listeners
  • They are often better friends than humans
  • They don’t talk back
  • They’re unbelievably loyal
  • They will almost always get you out of a bad mood
  • They can protect you and keep you safe
  • They’re always down for cuddles
  • You can tell your darkest secrets to them without worrying about them telling anyone
  • Their presence is therapeutic
  • They can help alleviate anxiety and depression
  • They’re always down to hangout
  • Often times, they become family

I realize some of these points apply to certain animals only (unless you happen to own a goldfish that can pack a mean punch), but most of them apply to pets in all forms.

If you don’t have a pet but have always contemplated getting one, do it. It is highly unlikely that you will regret it.

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