Before you get your first pet, you have the impression that they’re a kind of accessory – something you add to your life, like a pair of shoes or a new car.
But as you get to know them, the relationship takes on a new and interesting dynamic. Something changes in you. And you somehow feel like your pet has saved you, but you can’t quite put your finger on how.
Pets have superpowers. And under the surface, a lot is going on. Here’s how they change you.
They Make You More Outgoing
Pets have an uncanny ability to make you more outgoing – literally. Introverted animals are rare. And if they exist, it’s because they’ve been abused.
Pets help you meet new people. If you’re out walking the dog, you immediately have a connection with other dog owners, and you often wind up chatting with them. Plus, you have the option of letting your dogs play together, which is always a treat for your pup.
They Remind You Of The Simplicity Of Existence
As human beings, we love filling our days with as much stuff as possible. Having a packed schedule is, we tell ourselves, the essence of a life well-lived.
But animals don’t have this same sense of urgency. They don’t feel the need to make plans and strive for new goals continually. They’re not juggling a family with work and a hectic social life. Instead, they’re just taking each day as it comes, lazily chewing on grass or happily jumping up at the window.
Pets show you that things don’t have to be as complicated as you imagine. In fact, they can be relatively simple. And that’s very reassuring sometimes.
They Give You A New Focus
GB Alpacas talks about all the ways that alpacas make great companions. They have exceptional temperaments, and they get on well with children. Each animal has a slightly different personality. And they all enjoy going for walks and generally enjoying themselves in the paddock.
In addition, they take quite a lot of looking after – as do all pets. And that’s what makes them so valuable. Sometimes it is good to have a focus outside of ourselves. We need a way to get out of our heads and into the real world. Looking after creatures provides that critical opportunity.
They Improve Your Fitness
Pets seem to have infinite energy, and they expect their owners to keep up. As a result, you’ll be out of the house, jogging along with them every day, mucking them out, and generally being active around them.
Eventually, they’ll improve your fitness. You’ll lose weight. And you’ll feel so much healthier than you did before you got them. They can change your entire body.
They Are Teachers
You might not think of pets as teachers, but that’s precisely what they are. They can step in when you feel angry. And they can show you what it means to be truly loyal. A pet will never leave your side and is always there, even if you’ve had a bad day.