Have you ever thought of having a pet in your life?
Having a companion, a cat, dog or other animals can warm your heart and help you to not feel lonely. There is now scientific evidence that it is good for you to have fur friends. Often they will show more loyalty than humans
I remember in 1982, when my fiance died I would return home after my days work as a tourist guide and would find my house dark, cold and empty. It was a really difficult time. The closest neighbor, being 250 meters away, made it feel more lonely still. Luckily I would always be greeted by my dear animals. At that time I had quite a few cats and a couple of dogs. They would come and greet me and with their help, I would overcome my sorrow.
A great YouTube video explaining how it all happened.
How wild animals became domesticated
Approximately 40.000 years ago, an important shift in evolution occurred. Animal behaviorists and archaeologists say there was a transition from wild animals to semi-domesticated animals. Sheep and goats became domesticated around 11.000 years ago. Cats were welcomed by humans when agriculture started around 7000 B.C. Probably due to having grain harvests that attracted mice. You can understand wild cats would not mind having such an easy food source available. Humans profited from it too to have these able hunters keeping the mice at bay.
Dogs would help with hunting and serve as watchdogs warning of coming danger. In Germany, there is a burial site in Bonn-Oberkassel where it was discovered that humans and dogs were buried together 14.000 years ago. The dogs probably were domesticated gray wolves. Finding a lonely cub might have been the first connection, to then over time, evolve into a distinct species.
Over thousands of years, the bond between humans and animals became stronger. This working relationship was not the only benefit each side had, but a friendship was cultivated. When you ask a dog or cat owner if they would want to miss out on this friendship, they will all tell you no.
Many touching stories from all over the world
You will probably have heard about this Akito dog with the name Hachiko. He became the loyal pet in 1924 of professor Ueno and would wait at the train station for his human to come back from work. The professor worked at Tokyo Imperial University. On May 21 of 1925, the professor suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and did not come home. Until 8 March 1935, his faithfull dog Hachiko would go every day to the station and wait for the professor.
Some famous cats
The following website will delight all cat lovers. Cats in History. There are many different stories about our feline friends.
I lived in Torremolinos and met Rabbe, a Finnish sculpturer. In his garden, which was next to the famous tower of Torremolinos, he had some amazing looking cats that also lived there. They were a crossbred between Siamese and normal street cat. You should have seen their tails, some had tails like a corkscrew.
A YouTube video explaining the health benefits of having a pet.
Health benefits of having a pet
It has been scientifically proven that having a pet is good for your health. It has a positive influence on your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels. As your dog takes you on regular walks, it is good for both of you. Getting out of the house for some fresh air and sunshine is beneficial.
Are you often sick? Then it might be time to get a pet. It will strengthen your immune system, which is quite amazing. Pets expose us to new germs and we learn how to fight that and strengthen our immune system.
Cats and dogs will save you from depression as they make you live a routine. You cannot let yourself go. Those big eyes demanding food, care and attention will keep you busy so no time for getting depressed.
Your children should grow up in the company of pets. They will develop empathy and learn to care for living beings. Often children with pets develop an understanding which grown-ups might lack.
Gentlemen, it is a good idea to have a pet. Why? A poll has shown that 82% of women are more attracted to men with pets. Probably the thought is, if he is nice to his pet he is a good human. It has been proven that walking a dog in the park makes you rather successful, 3 times more likely she will give you her telephone number.
I am sure science will discover more reasons in the future why it is good to have a pet. It is known already that you will be less prone to allergies. You might live a little longer. Get a better night’s sleep and you have less stress which makes you happier.
Your responsibility towards your pet
Having a pet you will probably soon realize you have a big responsibility towards this loving soul. I use the word love because in my life I have experienced the love given to me by many pets. Some of them only stayed for a short while and others shared my life for many years.
The relationship between pets and humans has evolved over many thousands of years. In those past times, our animals would eat hunted food. Bones, skin, organs, all included. They were carnivores and this fresh meat was good for their gut. It would keep their microbiome healthy.
They would not eat grains, so one wonders why there is so much grain in pet food. Very simple, it is cheap. I would compare it to fast food for humans. Easy to get, quite tasty, and bad for your and their health.
In the old times, I would have a big group of cats and some dogs living on my farm. I used to go to a small butcher shop in the village and would buy a big bag of leftovers. I would cook this with different vegetables and some rice. They would all love their breakfast. Now I only have 3 cats and I do not cook anymore.
They get a breakfast of some dry food but during the night they are on the move experiencing happy hunting hours. Sometimes you might be surprised by a present. A mouse or lizard, hopefully not wiggling anymore. Some years ago I was surprised with a big gift in front of the patio door. A beautiful big wild duck. I have no idea who gave me that present and I felt sorry for the duck, but a present is a present. I buried the duck in the garden.
When a pet starts forming part of your family, you are responsible for its well-being. A yearly checkup with the vet and injection according to its passport. If you go on a trip or holiday and your pet cannot come along, try and get a pet sitter. Some animals are not happy to spend time in a kennel but then I also know of pets who consider it a holiday.
In case your animals cannot roam freely outside one should make life interesting. You have to come up with a training program where their intelligence is asked for, while in the meantime some movement is involved. Your pet will be happy and tired.
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