The St. Paul Pioneer Press (10-25-11) highlighted a family’s pet boxer dog, Buster, who fought burglars in his St. Paul home and ended up stabbed, his teeth kicked in, and in poor condition. After being treated at the University of Minnesota and undergoing surgery, Buster is expected to recover. Our pets are often a huge blessing in our life, offering unconditional love and bringing joy. Often a pet chooses to give their energy for their master’s benefit in a variety of ways, including helping to heal, saving or rescuing, and serving. Pets can actually help us in our spiritual progression. It is through learning to love in all of Love’s many facets, that we grow and evolve. Our pets can assist us in the learning of love.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has produced some of the largest and most well designed studies to suggest that our four-legged friends can help improve our health. The study revealed:
- Our pets improve our cardiovascular health.
- Pet owners have lower heart rates and lower blood pressure.
- Pet owners are more physically active and less likely to be obese.
- Older adults with pets often had greater mobility.
- Walking dogs has shown to lead to more conversations and the walker to stay more socially connected.
- Their pet, first comforts children most often when upset.
- Autistic children are often able to interact with animals and may then be able to help interactions with people.
- Animal assisted therapies are increasingly offered in hospitals and nursing homes nationwide.
- Pet owners typically have improved mood and reduced anxiety.
Clearly, our pets are wonderful blessing to humanity. In each lifetime, we have certain lessons to learn or goals to achieve. These lessons usually have more to do with learning compassion, learning to love completely, learning to have faith, learning to not act violently towards others or in any situation, learning self love, learning to overcome living in fear, etc. Our animal friends or pets help us in this process, giving or themselves with unconditional love. Moreover, our pets stay consistently in the present moment, while they remember and draw from past experience, teaching us to stay present.
Some interesting things we can learn from a dog:
- When loved ones come home, rush to greet them.
- Never pass up the opportunity to get some fresh air and go for a walk.
- Run, romp, and play daily.
- Be loyal.
- Never pretend you are something you are not.
- Stay present.
- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, and sit close by. A simple touch and presence can be wonderful.
- Thrive on intimacy or touch.
- Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
- When you are happy, show it.
- Don’t pout. Quickly let negativity go.
- Make friends easily.
Thanks for reading.