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Being Present Is a Gift to Our Pets and Ourselves

For those considering a gift for a beloved pet this holiday season, although it may be fun for our pets to receive treats or new toys, attention from us is something they love. Spending time with our companion animals benefits not only our pets, but us, as well. 

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the bond between animals and humans is a mutually beneficial relationship that positively influences the health and well-being of both. Research, combined with human intuition, recognizes the impact the human-animal bond can have on health.

When we stroke our animal’s fur in their favorite spot and cuddle with them, the stresses of the day no longer linger and we savor the moment. Our bodies relax, blood pressure lowers and we give our minds the opportunity to unwind, because we are focused on making our pets feel good. We enjoy the experience and our companion animals feel and receive our love. 

Walking affords us the opportunity to take in the sights and smells of the changing season while sharing it with our beloved canine companions. Indoor cats can view scenes from the outside world by window gazing, and so can we. Holiday lights become brighter, winter wildlife attracts our attention and we gift ourselves with inner joy by being still and present in the moment. We can invite mindfulness into our lives by appreciating time well spent with our furry friends.

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