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The Benefits and Bonds of Pets

“Pets [dogs] are not our whole life, but they make or lives whole” – Rodger A. Caras

Our beloved pets, whether they be feathered, furred or even hairless, we cannot live without them loyally by our sides. They are our trusty companions, our friends, our family and we love them with all we have.

Ones life is only truly lived when one has experience the powerful and amazing bond that owners and pets can have with one another.

Studies have shown that owning a pet - or many pets - have many benefits to ones health. Animals are known to decrease blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They also decrease feelings of loneliness, increase opportunities for exercise and socialisation.


Throughout history, there have also been stories of amazing animals that saved the lives of those that cared for them. These animals are not only the common examples of dogs, but also the unusual sorts.

For example, in 2014, a cockatiel named Dylan saved his owner from a burning home by shrieking and squawking to awake his sleeping owner. The man, Andrew Hardiek considers his feathered friend to be his hero, as the little bird alerted him before the smoke detectors did.

Another example of a feathered hero is Wunsy, an African grey parrot. After a brisk walk with his owner, flying alongside her, an assailant jumped out and attempted to assault his owner. The brave parrot flew at the man, squawking, biting and flapping his wings enough to send the man running for the hills. Thanks to the brave bird, neither the owner nor Wunsy were injured.

Another story of a cat called Tara is known to captivate all listeners. The cat was caught on CCTV cameras as it fought off a big dog that attempted to attack a little boy. This unlikely hero received worldwide fame and managed to prevent her human from being seriously injured.


In 2007, Khan, a Doberman Pinscher saved a baby from a venomous snake by tossing the child behind him and proceeding to stand in front of her to prevent an attack. Unfortunately, Khan was bitten by the snake, but made a full recovery after receiving antivenom.

Another amazing story involves a pride of lions who saved a twelve year old Kenyan girl from kidnappers. A week after being abducted by four men, three lions chased off the kidnappers and waited with her till police arrived. On their arrival, the lions quickly left, but what surprised the officers on duty was that the lions had not harmed the girl at all.

This shows us that not only are our beloved pets there for us, but so are wild, usually ferocious animals. We can truly put our faith into animals.

Having a pet has so many benefits, but by far the greatest is that unbreakable bond that forms between owner and pet, a bond that commands mutual benefits for both parties.

About Isabella

For Isabella, her love for birds is not just a passion, but a way of life. Born in 2004, she was raised alongside a beautiful flock of chickens as well as many other birds like cockatiels, budgies, quail and water fowl. She considers herself one of the flock and stands strongly against the cruel treatment towards broiler and battery hens. Isabella spends her time writing poetry and essays as well as hatching and raising many species of birds, including strays or injured wild birds. As an aspiring veterinarian, she hopes to make a difference in the lives of broiler chickens as well as the environment For Isabella, her love for birds is not just a passion, but a way of life. Born in 2004, she was raised alongside a beautiful flock of chickens as well as many other birds like cockatiels, budgies, quail and water fowl. She considers herself one of the flock and stands strongly against the cruel treatment towards broiler and battery hens. Isabella spends her time writing poetry and essays as well as hatching and raising many species of birds, including strays or injured wild birds. As an aspiring veterinarian, she hopes to make a difference in the lives of broiler chickens as well as the environment

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