These 4 footed creatures have a sense of comfort and care to us as well, so the relationship is mutual in many ways. They may not communicate in the same way as humans do, but we understand the over time. Pets just make us happy. They immediately become a part of the family. When we stroke our pets we are able to feel hope, reduce anxiety, blood pressure, even help with optimism in these unprecedented times. Our pets help us with self care in ways we may have not thought about.
For those of us working from home, we can adhere better to a schedule when we have pets to take care of, because pets, like children, do better on a schedule. Maybe we can get dressed for our home office daily after feeding the fur babies in the morning. Maybe we will structure a walk for the dog after the morning coffee or tea, and finally lose the "Covid 15." There is no replacement for love...The pleasure hormones released when spending loving times with our pets really do enhance our whole lives, engage the rest and recover and restore parts of our nervous system. That is a win-win for everyone.
How have pets been part of your loving and healing lives?