What we can learn from our pets

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Pets act as our sidekicks, mood-enhancers, and Frisbee partners. Sure we love them, but what can we learn from them?

Laughter is the best medicine
Ask any pet owner about their pet and we bet they’ll come up with a funny story. Even when we’re mad at them, pets provide us with the best entertainment. So maybe your cat just swallowed 16 feet of dental floss or Fido chewed up your new boots. Once you’re over the initial shock or anger of the situation, you can’t help but find it amusing.

Loyalty
As a constant companion, your pet cheers you up when you are down, is there when you are lonely, and greets you with a purr or a wag when you come home. With a trusting heart that inspires devotion from the start, your pet’s unconditional love should remind you of the important things in life. Animals don’t judge us or wish that we were smarter, richer, or better looking. They just want to be loved.

Not to hold a grudge
When’s the last time you got into a fight with your dog and the two of you ignored each other for three days? Probably never, as our pets teach us to get over our problems quickly so that we can get on with the good stuff: loving each other. They don’t pout or sulk (much). It’s all of these emotions that make us human, but we could take a tip from our pets’ laid-back attitudes.

Take it easy
Have you ever seen a stressed-out golden retriever? Because they’ve got very little going on and very little to worry about, loved pets are generally pretty relaxed. Take a cue from these easy riders – the next time you see your cat curled up on the bed or sprawled out on the porch in the sunshine, why not join them? It feels good and your blood pressure will plummet.

Life is short
Relative to your own, the life of your pet is short. When pets pass away, they take a piece of our heart with them. When you think about your pet, don’t you want to give him or her the best life possible? Why not treat yourself the same way? Exercise, eat well, spend time with loved ones, and be sure to do the things in life that you enjoy. Nap throughout the day or lie in the sun. Life’s not all about the hustle and bustle and what you can accomplish.

Learn new things
Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? The more you teach them and the more you reward their actions, the more they learn. Humans respond similarly: as a willing student, you can learn, advance, and develop new talents. So try something different and take a yoga class, read the classics, or try surfing. It may take a little practice to learn some new tricks, but it will be worth stepping out of your comfort zone.

Often our pets can teach us the kind of compassion that we don’t always extend to our fellow human beings. Our furry friends let things go, forgive and forget, and enjoy the simple pleasures that life has to offer. They love innocently and completely without expectation.

Pet lovers make great partners because they have the capacity to be sensitive, as well as responsible for another living thing. So, whether you’re dating an animal lover or can’t be without your own four-legged friend, pay attention to the cues from these members of the family.


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