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GOOD NEWS: Our Furry Friends

It didn't take a scientist to prove to me the benefits of having a pet.

After a peaceful night of sleep next to a warm body, what better way to start the day than waking up with your furry friend lying in bed just waiting for your lashes to start fluttering, enthusiastically anticipating your arrival into the new day.

How could you arise grumpy after a few licks, a paw pat or a happy bark and wag of a doggy tail?

The happiness a pet brings really does sustain a healthy heart and spirit. Unconditional love; where else can you find that?

A devoted friend that is there for you in good times and sad times, a friend to hug, a friend to play with, a perky, affable face to greet you after a hard day's work.

A gentle relaxing pat from you and your day is off to a great start.

People with pets are just plain happier people and more fun to be around.

But, we also are taught some great things about ourselves. We learn how to be really loved.

They set the example for us to live by in giving their attention and love unconditionally. Through them we can see it's possible to give with out receiving anything but love in return. We learn responsibility. Our companions need to be fed and taken to the vet, exercised and cleaned up after.

They teach how good exercise feels on our bodies. The teach us perseverance, especially when you have a friend to egg you on that extra mile or up those stairs. They keep us limber squatting down to get the ball for fetch and throwing it. Or the running through the house with a string having little pussy hunt you down. Any sort of fitness is beneficial and it keeps us healthy. Healthy heart, healthy mind, as they say.

They even teach us how to keep our environment clean. Why do you think they poop outside?...so we have something to clean up. What a great feeling it is, leaving a park as green and beautiful as when you came.

Pets are also great for community. We interact more with our neighbors. My cat walks on the fence between my neighbor's house and mine. Every morning as I leave for work my neighbor yells over wondering how my cat Chester is and telling he's glad he is watching the places when we are gone. Now if we could only teach him to mow the lawn!

My three dogs Lilly, the black pug and Dora, a seal brown Boston Terrier and Mocha, a lab mix are constantly introducing me to everyone we see. Especially if the strangers have a dog, too. All dogs love to go and play with each other and give us some time to chat. Usually about them. I like being a good neighbor.

People with pets are just plain happier people and more fun to be around.

Young and old, all should have a furry pet. If there is any one thing that gives us hope that the future is bright, it's our pets. You start the day with a smile and end the day with a smile. Everyday is worth waking up and getting going. God couldn't have given us a better gift. Everything He does that puts a smile in our hearts makes us stronger. It allows our spirits to soar.

The world is a better place with pets and their people. Family friend, confidant and devoted companion. How can you do better than this?



Adapted from an essay by Chris Miller as submitted to www.thecoolgroup.org

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"The four stages of humans are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and obsolescence"
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"The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone else he can blame it on."
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"The longest journey a man must take is the eighteen inches from his head to his heart"
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Most of our future lies ahead.
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Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.
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