Animal companions weave themselves into the fabric of our daily lives. We live and relax in each other’s company. They are there when we awaken in the morning, rely on us to toilet, feed, water, exercise, groom and play with them, greet us joyfully when we come home to them and may even sleep with us in our beds at night. We touch them, stroke them, pet them, hug them, kiss them, tell them our troubles and share our deepest secrets with them.
Beyond companionship, animals also serve many other functions in people’s lives, none of them trivial or without value. Medical researchers are learning that people with pets are healthier and happier. Touching, holding, caring for and playing with pets-even watching animals in their natural habitat- can actually lower a person’s blood pressure, decrease the heart rate, alleviate stress and loneliness, and even encourage regular exercise.
Mojo the shih tzu Bichon
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland New Zealand
Featured 16th Aug. 2011
Featured 2nd Nov. 2011