Fiona the Corgi and her rescued shepherd buddy Django are the best of friends. They know all about the paws-itive power of a pal! Do you?
Dogs are social creatures. A pack of two compatible canines can be a joyful thing! The company of another canine can keep separation blues at bay while the family is away.
Exercising with a friend doubles the fun and halves the work. Unless one of the friends is a Corgi, in which case everything might just happen at Corgi speed and intensity. Which can be pretty frappy!
When you’re having a bad day (and you’re a dog), sometimes only another dog will understand. Not all secrets are meant to be shared with people, who don’t always get the “dog’s life” concept. They don’t talk “smell”, and they don’t care much for slobber either. To another dog, these things can be the icing on the pupcake. It’s a dog thing!
Nearly half of all households (44%) in the U.S. have more than one pet, according to one survey. This pet thing is catchy! Don’t have (or want) a dog? Cats socialize by grooming one another (hellloooo less hairballs and ear wax), guinea pigs living in pairs are healthier, and dogs — well, Fiona and Django are proof that two dogs can be just the ticket.
Two human laps in the house? They both need warming! (Django’s a bit big for a lap dog, but it’s the principle of the thing). Cats aren’t cuddly, you say? Maybe not the one you have now … but there are LOTS of snuggly ones out there. (Trust me, I’ve had two). It’s a wonderful thing. A cat that won’t nuzzle up to people might just find another cat the perfect pillow. Purrrrrr. You won’t know ’til you give it a whirl.
The folks at Pets Add Life (PAL) and APPA (American Pet Products Association) encourage us all to consider the joys — and be mindful of the responsibility — of bringing a second animal companion home. Need helping figuring out which type of animal will suit your family and lifestyle? Take the quiz at HealthyPet.com.
At the end of the day, the joys of adding another animal to your family can be beneficial for people and the pet(s) already present. Carefully chosen and integrated, with time enough for new relationships to establish themselves, a fabulous new furred, feathered (even finned) friend can add years to your life — and life to your years.
Bottom line? Pets rock!
Note: I am blogging on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network and the Pets Add Life (Pal) campaign. I received compensation for my time from Pal for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine.