Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Masters of Counselling & Psychotherapy UofA
Member of the ACA College of Supervisors
Level 3 Member Australian Counselling Association
I think owning a pet can bring great comfort, joy and companionship. I would love to have a dog but I have 2 children, work 4 days a week and do some editing of hubgarden websites so just wouldn't have the time to take it for enough walks. I don't think having a dog would make me happier as I'm already happy.
Oh my god YES! I wish I could own one, but they're so expensive. However, I have lived with people in the past who have owned pets - dogs more than others, and I loved getting home to see them again, especially if the day had been crappy!
I think it depends what pet you own. I personally think it has to be something that you can cuddle or will love you back because it will act as a de-stresser. I don't think owning fish will necessarily make you a happier person. Owning a dog, cat, rabbit, etc would though.
Hi Jonaj......that's got to be the cutest picture! I love cats! They're so cuddly.
My beatiful boy, is asleep on my lap as I type! He's a 4yo de sexed male Seal Point Siamese cat I got from an animal foster home. He was being treated badly by the other ANIMALS', stealing his food, harassing him & just plain picking on a cat they 'deemed' as weak! Other animals can be cruel!
He had to come to a house where he was only animal. Have had him a year now & he's got the most beautiful nature, loves his 'smoochies' & is a marvellous companion. I miss him when I have to go out! Can't wait to get home to him, as I know he'll 'tell' me all about what he's been doing.....sleeping!
Most definitely. The more you observe an animal the more you learn about them and their levels of intelligence. Fish even have personalities if you are observant enough to see. It is also soothing to watch them gently drifting through the pond and lowers stress levels and possibly blood pressure.
I keep chooks, quail, fish and a dog. The dog is an extra set of ears and makes me more confident when I am alone. She listens to my troubles sometimes. She can be very funny and playfull which encourages me to get up and do something and occasionally surprises me by wanting to sit on my lap for a cuddle. When we bought her I was hoping for a lap dog, but " She aint no Princess".
The chooks not only give eggs, and fertiliser for the garden, but can behave in such funny ways. I love it when they see me and run towards me in the hope of treats. They look like short plump ladies holding up their skirts so their pantaloons show above their gangly legs gracelessly flailing beneath them. It usually makes me laugh.
Sometimes I get tired because of the amount of time my animals require to stay well cared for, but this is easilly balanced by the joy they give in return.
Most definitely it makes you happier. They are your family. Unfortunately our Beagle passed some time ago but our cat gives me so much joy. She's my alarm clock and bed warmer on cold nights and is always looking for a scratch under the neck, or just sleeping in my lap. I want another dog but until I'm able to walk her daily, that remains on the back burner for now.
I love my pets, I couldn't imagine my life without one, when I first got married I couldn't have a pet because we didn't have fencing, and I missed it like crazy, we did finally get a pet, it took a bit of nagging on my behalf to my husband, he had owned a beagle, and did not enjoy this pet, most of the time the beagle wanted to eat! he even took up pinching food from the nursing home, finally food killed the poor beagle, he died trying to get a sandwich from the middle of the road, then a car hit him.