The Importance of Pets

Pets are very important to all that own them. Those that own pets live longer more satisfied lives. They have been known to lower our blood pressure and give us a reason for each day. I have owned both dogs and cats and they all left their paw prints on my heart. Each individual pet has their own personality and their relationship with you is built on love and trust.

Some dogs are hunting companions. They enjoy retrieving game with their owners and enjoy their outings together. These dogs make great family pets also. I had an Irish setter that went hunting for birds with my husband. She was all business in the woods but when home was the sweetest dog. This dog also was taken to Obedience trials and won ribbons in dog shows. She helped make cherished memories for our family.

I have seen guide dogs as they allow their owner to participate in activities they could not without their presence. There used to be a man guided into our church every Sunday to sit in the first row by his guide dog. The priest went out of his way to bring him the communion host. The dog was obedient and a blessing to this man and it was beautiful to watch the dog as he worked. No one was allowed to pet the dog while he was doing his job. He was a beautiful German shepherd.

There are other dogs that are just family pets. I had two other dogs that I used to walk daily. I miss them and their times with me as they have now passed over the rainbow bridge. The second dog was an English setter and the third dog was a Gordon setter. There are so many fun memories that are in my mind.

Of course we had cats with these dogs. It is a myth that dogs and cats do not get along. If they are brought up together they tolerate each other and sometimes even learn to love each other. It is best to bring them in as either puppies or kittens and then they will have a bond for each other and even may play together.

I just can not imagine a day without my pets in my lives. If I am sick, I have one of my cats that will meow constantly and pace beside me telling me that I am in need of asthma medications. This cat, Joshua I speak of as my angel kitty. Tinkerbelle my newest member of our household has not learned yet to anticipate such events with me. I know that my pets help me throughout each day showing me their love and attention. They are worth more to me than any diamond ring.

I know my own life would not be fulfilled without the presence of a pet. They give me a reason to live as each day with them is a treasure to behold in the pages of my own life’s book.

I hope you have enjoyed my thoughts on pets in our lives.

Source by Christina R. Jussaume

Desktop Pet – Good Alternatives For a Dog Or Cat

Pets are fun and they have been proven to reduce stress. Some people, due to their living situation, are unable to own pets like dogs and cats. However, there are some pets that will fit on a table to even your desk at work.

Desktop pets are a great idea to add scenery to your desk or your small apartment. Believe it or not, there are many pets that fit in a small tank or habitat. These pets typically require little care, and are fun to watch.

Before you consider a pet at work, make sure it is allowed. Some places may have rules in place preventing any pets. Also, make sure that your co-workers will not be nervous having your chosen pet around. You do not want to cause tension at work. Your goal is to make a positive impact with your tiny pet.

As you might have guessed, a fish is one of the most popular desktop pets. Some fish can fit in a tiny vase or glass. Ask someone at the pet store how much space the fish needs to swim around. You want to make sure that your fish will be happy and safe in the environment you provide. Beta fish or goldfish are both colorful and easy to care for. They are not pricey and typically do well in smaller fish tanks or other containers.

Another fun option is a frog. Many companies sell baby frogs, or tadpoles, that will change into a frog. The tadpole often comes with its own habitat and food. You may be able to find these at pet stores, too.

Hermit crabs are a fun way to bring the beach to your desktop! These pets are cute, cheap, and easy to care for. You can purchase a fun, painted shell for your crab and change it out as they grow. They live in a fairly small box that will take up a small amount of space.

If you are feeling adventurous, a tarantula is another example of desktop pets. You may scare off some friends and family with this choice, however. Before you bring home such an eccentric pet, do your research. Make sure your furry guy is in a container that will stay closed and that you know how to care for him.

Hamsters, mice, and rats are great small pets, although if you plan to keep several of them, you will need a larger space. Again, make sure that you have a good, secure habitat for them, as rodents can be escape artists!

As you can see, no matter what your space limitations, you can have a pet. Desktop pets are a great choice for those who live in apartments or who want a pet at work. Just make sure that you know how to take care of them and that you are ready for the commitment.

Source by Gary Pearson

African Grey Parrots – What You Need to Know Before You Rush Out and Buy One!

Buying a parrot is a really big commitment, because of how long they live, and because of how much looking after they require. African Grey Parrots are one of the most popular species of parrot, but they definitely aren’t the easiest to look after. This article briefly explains the pros and cons of owning an African Grey, to help you to decide if they are the right pet parrot for you.

African Grey Parrots are really beautiful looking birds, and they have the added benefit of being one of the easiest parrot species to train, and to look after. They originally come from Central Africa, and they are well known for being extremely intelligent, and for being very quick learners – especially when it comes to talking.

They grow to be anywhere between 10 and 14 inches tall, so they are only a medium sized parrot. There are two types of African Grey for you to choose from – the Timneh African Grey, and the Congo African Grey. The Timneh is charcoal grey with a maroon tail, whereas the Congo is light grey with a red tail. In both of these types of grey parrot, it isn’t easy to distinguish the male from the female, because the colour and markings are identical. The only hope you have of spotting a difference, is if a male and female are stood side-by-side, because the male is typically larger!

African Grey Parrots live for up to sixty years, so you need to carefully consider this before buying one – it could very easily outlive you! Another thing to carefully consider is that their high level of intelligence means that boredom can become a major problem if they don’t live in a stimulating environment, which involves lots of human contact. If you aren’t prepared to provide this kind of environment, you should not buy an African Grey, because boredom quickly can very quickly turn into all kinds of behavioral problems, such as biting, and feather-plucking. On the other hand, if you are happy to meet the demands of looking after an African Gray, you couldn’t pick a better parrot (in my opinion)!

African Greys live in flocks in the wild, so they are extremely sociable birds. This means that they have a need to belong to a flock, and your family can definitely fulfill this need! Having said that, they don’t particularly like being handled a great deal, so they aren’t the parrot for you if you want lots of hands on time with your pet. With training, they will perch on your hand, but it doesn’t come naturally to them, and it will require quite a bit of patience on your part.

In conclusion, an African Grey is the right parrot for you if:

  • You like a bird with a big personality, and human-like qualities.
  • You are willing to invest a lot of effort into keeping them stimulated.

Source by John Barlow