Pets: “The little furry buggers are just deep, deep wells you throw all your emotions into.” ~Bruce Schimmel
Today, I hosted Pet-A-Pet Day on campus. Despite the cold, rainy weather, and sidewalk construction, students came out in droves to pet several dogs (and one cat!), and fill their bellies with local apple cider and apple cider donuts.
What is it about pets? What do we derive from them? Is it really worth walking across campus on a chilly, rainy October day just to pet some dogs? (or is it the lure of donuts?) What do we get from pets in terms of Wellness?
Here’s a list I came up with:
Love, affection, attachment, companionship, comfort, tactile stimulation, the feeling of being needed.
Here’s what the students said:
“Pets relieve stress. Just focus on how cute they are!”
“It helps me not miss my dog at home so much.”
“They make me happy, no matter what’s going on. You can’t be stressed when you’re happy!”
“They make you smile…and donuts help, too!”
“They’re calming. Dogs are happy. They’re not stressed like everyone else in my house!”
“They’re a relaxing reminder of my pet at home.”
“All I need is a dog in my life. I don’t have one here.”
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