Do your pets make you happy?

  1. I love my little 4 1/2 pound, 10 year old dog. For this reason, she is my avatar picture this week. Last night as she fell asleep with her tongue sticking out, it made me think that these little furballs bring us joy and happiness. Yeah, they can be a pain too sometimes. (If they didn't poop, pee, or bark they would be PERFECT......and a stuffed animal)

    Don't they say pets lengthen our lives or something like that? So as usual, I am curious. Do you have a pet you love? And what do they do that makes you smile. Sometimes I will ask my dog, Baby, "Where's your tummy?" And she instantly knows she is about to get a tummy rub. Sometimes she will straighten her little skinny legs straight out and they shake for a second. It reminds me of a ballerina and I call it twinkle toes. Ok, I spilled my guts. Now it's your turn..
    Last edit by nursefrances on Feb 22, '14
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  3. by   BCgradnurse
    I love my pets sooooo much! I was never allowed to have animals as a child, so I'm spending my adult life making up for lost time. I have 3 cats and 4 rabbits. They do many things that make me smile. They also do a few things that don't......hairballs in my shoes to name one! But, I'd never want to be without animals in my life.
  4. by   nursefrances
    Quote from BCgradnurse
    I love my pets sooooo much! I was never allowed to have animals as a child, so I'm spending my adult life making up for lost time. I have 3 cats and 4 rabbits. They do many things that make me smile. They also do a few things that don't......hairballs in my shoes to name one! But, I'd never want to be without animals in my life.
    As a kid I always had a cat but at the age of 12 or 13 my allergies kicked in. I kept my cat, she eventualy became my daughter's cat (even though I was allergic) until she passesd away 17 years later. Then we got Baby. I discovered hypoallergenic dogs.
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from BCgradnurse
    I love my pets sooooo much! I was never allowed to have animals as a child, so I'm spending my adult life making up for lost time. I have 3 cats and 4 rabbits. They do many things that make me smile. They also do a few things that don't......hairballs in my shoes to name one! But, I'd never want to be without animals in my life.
    I wasn't allowed pets either, so I went waaaaaaay overboard in early adulthood and had something like 12 cats for a while, LOL. Now I've got just 3 cats, but also a Pug mix dog whom I love almost better than life. They make life so much more fun, and better yet, they fill it with unconditional love. :redpinkhe
  6. by   ddunnrn
    I had 3 different dogs growing up (1 at a time), and various cats, ponies, gerbils, chameleons, and chickens--none of which lasted very long except 1 shepherd collie mix I had for about 11 years. The whole family was devastated when she had to be put down. As my previous posts will attest, I am an atheist, a non-believer in spirits and souls,but I do know how quite like us our animal friends are, especially dogs, who evolved beside us for thousands of years. I recently saw a very good documentary on the subject--about how dogs can read our emotions, and interact with us in more profound ways than even other primates. We love them because they reflect our love back to us, without all the drama of human-human interactions. Some of the animal psych and linguistics studies of recent years are really mind-bending, and show that the differences between homo sapient and other animals is not as great as we boast.
  7. by   tewdles
    I am currently in AK without my family or friends. After a month of being ALONE in the arctic my dog flew up to stay with me. Now both of us are trying to acclimate to life in the city in an apartment.

    It is SO MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE to have my 125lb Rottie with me. Needless to say, I feel a bit safer too.

    My dog is a terrific companion...he listens well, he never argues with me or contradicts me, he doesn't fuss about what I give him for dinner, and he will wash my dishes (if I put them on the floor).

    On the down side, he does have gas, and he is a bed hog.
  8. by   Tweety
    I cam home to my house without human companionship after leaving work 2 hours late, dog tired, and greeted by my animal companions eager to be fed and happy to see me. I'm blessed and joyful that they are in my life.
  9. by   Rose_Queen
    I had countless pets growing up. Seriously, naming them all would keep me awake until I have to leave for work tomorrow morning. Since getting a house four years ago, I now have two cats and one high energy dog and couldn't be happier. The cats want to cuddle at night when I'm in bed and sleep with me. The dog is a cuddler during the day but sleeps in a crate right next to my bed at night. She likes to sit either on my shoulder or on my chest during the day after I get home from work.
  10. by   applewhitern
    I have always had cats. Lots of them. All of them have been "indoors only." Right now I have 3. A huge Maine Coon, a siamese, and a polydactal Hemingway. I can't have dogs because I am a "push-over" and simply can't train them. Dogs don't listen to me; I have tried and I cannot train a dog, period! The cats follow my schedule~sleep when I do, etc. They sleep on top of me; one especially likes to sleep across my bladder, so I have to get up and go to the bathroom~ and the cats go flying! I have a huge farm in the country, and would love to have big dogs to run around. Maybe some day. Right now I am fighting "shedding season." Two are long-hairs and the shedding is a real pain. I walk around with a lint roller.
  11. by   TopazLover
    I grew up with many animals. We always had at least one dog that had been dropped off at our farm. After moving off the farm I used to have cats. I have become allergic to cats and have a difficult time visiting for long at a house with cats.

    As you can see by my avatar I am owned by my dog. She is quite spoiled but does follow simple commands that usually keep her safe. She is a rescued Whippet. In reality she rescues me daily. She is glad to have me in her life, and I am blessed she came into mine. Together we are a great team when I do a grief group. She greets everyone. She always knows who needs a bit of comfort and attention. She keeps us within our time allotment. I cannot imagine doing this group without her help.

    I doubt she was a year old went I got her. She had been a momma dog in a puppy mill. She was one of 30 dogs confiscated by the police one day. She had 6 pups when I first saw her. She has never grown up to have the long legs and elegant neck of a typical Whippet. I figure pregnancy stunted her growth. She was also starved and full of worms when I got her.

    Now she lives a pretty good life. She has gotten me through bad times. Yeah, I guess you could say she makes me happy. But that seems inadequate. She is much more than a jolt of happiness. She is my jewel, a Topaz.
  12. by   Esme12
    I had a siamese cat growing up that lived to be 21. I had a dog named Bear who lives to be 17 and I miss her terribly. I Have my weimy who is affectionately known as velcro dog......in a disaster if I had to choose between my kids and my husband and my kids and the dog........

    I Would Instantly realize that my husband is a strong resourceful man.
  13. by   GitanoRN
    Quote from vivalasviejas
    i wasn't allowed pets either, so i went waaaaaaay overboard in early adulthood and had something like 12 cats for a while, lol. now i've got just 3 cats, but also a pug mix dog whom i love almost better than life. they make life so much more fun, and better yet, they fill it with unconditional love. :redpinkhe
    venga guapa! os dire que es una dicha para ti y para ellos poderte ofrecer ese amor incondicional que tan solo los animales pueden ofreceros...abrazos~

    ( i would tell you that is a bliss for you and them to offer their unconditional love that only animals can give.... hugs~ )
  14. by   imintrouble
    My husband and I have had a pet everyday since we've been married. Thirtysomething years.
    They mark the stages of our lives, and those of our children. When I remember my daughters as toddlers, I remember the dog that followed them around the yard. When my husband worked in the woodshop, I remember the cat who sat on his shoulder while he sanded and drilled.
    I remember the dog who got in the the car everyday with me while I drove to school to pick up my school age kids. I line them up in my mind in the order that they were with us. I miss them just as I would a family member.
    Yes, my pets make me happy. A life without them would have been ok, but not nearly as rich and fulfilling.

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