Can Pets improve our mental health?
A loyal friend
Basil Brush was my beloved friend.
He was a hairy, stocky, short little dog with bucked teeth, an underbite, and a tummy that scraped the steps if he could manage them.
He had a deep bark for such a little dog and a very weak bladder, which unfortunately only appeared if he noticed that a visitor did not enjoy his welcome wag over their feet.
He lived unitl he was nearly 17 years old, and it broke my heart when he died.
Although I know that I will never be able to replace what he meant to me, I often search online for a puppy, as I hope to get another dog one day soon.
Looking at all of the puppies actually has a calming effect on me too.
The difference a pet can make
Pets are important and can make a huge difference to a person’s life.
It is well known that they provide a great source of comfort and support.
Nothing compares to the joy of coming home to such a loyal companion.
Pets often offer such unconditional love and will keep you company , so that any loneliness is minimised, and can boost your mood while decreasing levels of cortisol which is a stress related hormone.
So for decreasing stress levels, lowering blood pressure and improving our heart health, we are encouraged to take them for walks.
They also help children with their emotional and social skills and give them a sense of personal responsibility when caring for a pet.
There are many other benefits to owning a pet – Read more here
Not everybody should own a pet
Of course, sadly, not everyone should own a pet, as there will be many that are given up because their humans cannot care for them.
So before you rush out and buy a pet, why not consider re-homing one in need of a good home. Read more here
Often, when I think about Basil Brush, I think about how supportive that dear little dog was during some of our darkest days, when my late husband was fighting cancer.
Basil was always there. Ready to snuggle on my lap ( all 12 kg of him!)
In fact, I often chuckle at some of my precious memories of his spirited character.
The images of him racing down the beach with ears flapping, or sitting looking up at me, with his overbite and hair in his eyes, or of him just giving me a gentle nudge, while sitting expectantly under the dinner table, to remind me to offer him a tasty morsel or too!
“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t even know we had.”
In Memory of Basil Brush (X Shih Tzu /Dachshund )
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