No doubt, our pets have become very loving parts of human families, almost to their detriment. Ridiculous? Not so!
As stated by Smart Pet Solutions, humans can think, process and understand the dangers of pollution, toxins, poisons, pesticides, food additives, etc. and can make conscious choices. Our pets, however, have become the innocent victims to a polluted, toxic, chemicalized environment. They can’t tell us their environmental concerns; rather, they just keep providing us with unconditional love.
In fact, a comprehensive review of human-pet bonds published in the journal Family Process, Dr. Froma Wash of the Center for Family Health at the University of Chicago finds that pets provide stress reduction, companionship, affection, comfort, security and unconditional love to their owners. Having a pet can even confer physical health benefits. Heart attack survivors who have pets are likely to live longer.
In recent years, other studies show that many animals possess a strong ability to connect emotionally and communicate with humans, in their own way. Therefore, relationships with pets help people through hard times and provide connectedness in an era when family connections are fragmented.
Thus, a list is being shared so you can pamper the one member of your family that loves you unconditionally. These are paraphrased from the March 10, 2014 issue of for women First.