“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France
People always say that dogs are man’s best friend, but I don’t think that it’s entirely true. I think saying dogs is too narrow. It’d be more accurate if it was pets in general. They’re all different, but cats, dogs, fish, rabbits, ferrets, lizards, snakes, and any other animal that is a pet is man’s best friend.
Your pets are there for you when no one else is. They’re loyal and will never abandon you. They don’t see your flaws because to them you are perfect. They idolize you. They don’t judge you. They love unconditionally like a person never would. It makes sense that they’re your best friend because you are their world.
I have always loved animals, but being away at college for so long without them made me forget how much comfort they bring to my life. My roommate brought a cat into our apartment that I bonded with and became very close to, but then, she ended up getting rid of it. Since then, I have found it very difficult to go back to life without a pet. I just felt a lot better when it was here. It brightened up my life and made it seem more bearable.
This experience also made me realize how important animals can really be to people’s health and well-being. It seems like it’s common now for people to have emotional support animals. I mean you’ve always kind of seen people taking animals around in places like nursing homes to cheer up patients, but now having personal emotional support animals is a common thing as well. I think that animals can really make a difference especially when it comes to helping with mental illness like depression and anxiety.
“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” –George Eliot
Having an animal around helps with my issues. When we had the cat, I had something to look forward to when before I dreaded getting up and going back to my apartment. I didn’t feel so alone there was always a living being there that I could talk to even if it didn’t answer back. It made everything in my life seem easier and less overwhelming. When I would start having a meltdown or crying, the cat would jump into my lap and purr and let me hold it, and it calmed me down.
I realize maybe having a pet isn’t a need. It’s more of a want, but I don’t think it is crazy to want something that can have such a positive impact on your life and your issues. I mean it doesn’t fix everything, but it sure helps. In this crazy world, everyone could use the comfort a pet provides.