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The benefits of loyal companions

Two labs playing in the grass with their toys.
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Two labs playing in the grass with their toys. (Photo courtesy of pixabay)

Owning pets has the power to improve human mental health. Coming home daily to a loved pet is an indescribable feeling. The unconditional love that a pet gives a human makes them feel comforted and loved. Pets wait all day for the very moment their owner steps through the door, to lick their face, jump on them, and be in their presence.

Pets also decrease stress, improve heart health, and even help children with their emotional and social skills. Four Paws says 87% of Americans reported that they are happier than the average person because of owning a pet. The connections pets give to humans are deeper than known. 

Michael Mikadze, a new pet owner of a puppy cane corso states, “My puppy cane corso is my source of motivation, she makes me eager to finish and get things done so I can return home quickly.”

Mikadze says that his new puppy has given him excitement in his everyday life. Not only does his puppy motivate him but it makes him eager to finish things fast, this proves that his new puppy makes him strive for success. 

According to the American Heart Association, Pets help reduce stress and anxiety by 69%, they provide a calming presence, and help with mental health. They are different from anything or anyone else because they will always be there for their owners to show their loyalty. 

Luke Lapira’s dog playing on his trampoline.
(Photo courtesy of Luke Lapira)

Luke LaPira, another pet owner of four dogs said, “I have four dogs, two pit bulls, and two French bulldogs. I love coming home to them after practice running up to me and jumping on me.  Owning a dog can definitely impact your happiness by spending time with them, teaching them new things, and different ways to play with you.”

LaPira voices that owning four dogs and playing with them daily impacts his happiness. He finds enjoyment in teaching them new tricks and playing with them. The best feeling of all is coming home to his four dogs every day. 

Michael Mikadze’s dog posing for a picture.
(Photo courtesy of Michael Mikadz)

Pets help fill the void of feeling lonely, living alone can be hard especially when there is no one to come home to, but a loyal pet can solve this problem. Pets will always be reliable to show their unconditional love for their owners, which can help the owner to cope with personal setbacks and depression.

It is highly suggested to become a pet owner and experience the human-to-pet connection that is like no other which will ensure you won’t feel lonely again. The American Heart Association says, “Just playing with a dog has been shown to raise levels of the feel-good brain chemicals oxytocin and dopamine, creating positive feelings and bonding for both the person and their pet.”

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Leann Speranza, Staff Writer
Hi, I’m Leann! I am currently a Junior at NVD and im excited to be apart of the Journalism class. I am on the Varsity Volleyball team, and I love to travel and try new things. I am excited to be part of the Northern Star and contributing to the newspaper this year!
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