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How Have Your Pets Changed Your Life?

How Have Your Pets Changed Your Life?


Study after study has shown all of the positive impacts of having an animal companion — less stress, better health, more exercise etcetera. But for many of us, the benefits of having our beloved pet are more intangible than that. Unconditional love? Happiness? Something that cares that you’re feeling down? Indeed, it’s no wonder people have kept pets in their lives for thousands of years.

So what’s your story? How have your pets changed your life? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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7:40AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Life without pets... I don´t think so!!!

12:30PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

My cat of 19 years died and 4 months later her 17 year old brother followed her. I was devastated but learned over time that a broken heart does mend.

12:22PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

I've just noticed that my long comment about my parrot was clipped short, before I persuaded him to leave the tree he'd gone to explore.

The moment I turned my back he panicked at the thought of me leaving him, flew out of the tree and crashlanded on my shoulder, where he rode back indoors. When he saw his home, he sat on my hand to be gently placed on a perch, without a hint of coercion.

3:57AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

I have had different pets all my life and each bring something extraordinary into your life. Unconditional love, tolerance, patience, conversation, adoration, teaching and excited-ness are some of the things they bring with them. I cant get around the notion of someone not liking animals or having any apart from the fact that a persons work/travelling a lot prevents them. I understand that.

3:21AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

my first rat was exceptional&started me into rescue. I started gardening for them then eating more garden goodies myself. my entire life changed. all these little changes made a few big changes on the whole

4:25AM PDT on May 31, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

7:03AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Years ago I bought a miniature parrot who was supposed to have been aviary bred. I was furious when I discovered he had been taken from the wild, and reported the dealer to the authorites for telling lies. Meanwhile, there I was with this wild-caught parrot and I couldn't send him back where he came from... so I did everything I could to give him a happy life. Finding him a mate involved huge problems in tracking down an aviary bred female; also parrots can be more aggressive to each other than you might expect. I was a member of the Parrot Society, which carries great numbers of members' ads, but no mate ever materialised. Yet he became devoted to me instead, and accepted my mother as 'baby-sitter' when I wasn't there. He was imprinted and I never noticed him displaying any kind of frustration. Imprinted birds behave as happily as any other bird, so long as you accept the commitment of providing them with constant love and company, because parrots are as intelligent as toddlers

Although he was full-winged, he would ride on my shoulders out of doors, One day he flew into a tall tree. I stood at the bottom calling him: 'Come down! You can't stay up there!' Him: 'Squawk, squawk!' This went on for a while and his squawks to me were like the contact notes birds use to stay in a flock. (I've studied ornithology all my life.) Finally I realised I'd have to try something else, like bringing his home (aka birdcage) full of food and water. I didn't have to fetch it. The moment I

7:01AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

(Cont) Of course he changed my life for the better, and I still have a parrot-shaped hole in my heart. I painted his portrait several times, and when I unpacked boxes in my forever home, I hung the best of these paintings in the place of honour. Since I've become a fairly prolific artist, other paintings come and go, or are contantly moved around. But that portrait will stay in its place for the rest of my life, in memory of the bird who was born in the wild but would sooner give me his love than fly in the trees.

3:15PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

I'm away from home so often that it wouldn't be fair to have a pet, but I look back with love! As a teenager and 20 something, I would have had a very lonely time if it hadn't been for the most lovely and lovable horse!

2:55AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

i got my girls in dec they are so wonderful even thou i have a cat alarm at 6 am for food and window open.Glad i kept them together.

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Avocados and nuts for me :)

She's so energetic and so determined. Another valuable lesson from our pets.

Informative. Thank you for posting.

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