Day 12: Thankful for Our Furry and Feathered Friends

There's no doubt about it. People love their pets.

Today we'll give thanks for our furry, feathered, and four-legged friends who bring us joy and soothe our souls with their peaceful and loving ways.

Pets need us, and we need them. Pets show us love, affection, and loyalty without expecting anything more than the bare minimum of food, water, and shelter from us. Oh, and they occasionally hope to play ball, go outside for a walk, or indulge in a nice belly rub. All of these are pretty nice things to share together!

Pets provide emotional comfort by way of their unconditional love and affection for us. When we are feeling depressed and anxious, having a dog or cat to love and care for can be extremely beneficial and healing. Science has shown that petting a dog or cat helps to calm our nervous system, slows a rapid pulse, and brings blood pressure down. The act of caring for a pet can increase brain activity for an elderly person and slow the mental decline that comes with aging.

Are you a friend of your local animal shelter? Many pets need foster homes from people who are able to care for them properly. You don't necessarily have to own a pet to make a difference in the life of a dog or cat. Pet shelters are always in need of volunteers, people to clean out animal cages, give food and water, and provide outdoor time, walks, pets and treats.


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