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The Mental Benefits Of Pets

Studies are showing more than ever the benefits that having a pet brings a person on a mental level. Pets can provide companionship but they also provide something to care for that will show love in return. Pets need to often be walked, which encourages a person to stay active and pets tend to have a high level of energy which rubs off on their owners.

For some pet owners, simply being around their animal brings them a
sense of calm.
This can be from the company they bring, the companionship, and some owners even find a great deal of comfort in smelling the scent of their pet, whom they love dearly. After a long day or a trying day, coming home to a pet can help a person deal with stress or unwind. This is beneficial for a person’s health both physically and mentally as well.

Studies show that when a person comes into contact with their pet they actually release a number of feel good hormones into the body. According to Kevin Seawright, things like oxytocin can pass through the brain just from petting an animal. When living with an animal that you then bond with these reactions occur more frequently and the benefits are tenfold. The type of pet doesn’t necessarily matter. If you happen to be a dog person, this will work for you. But cats, guinea pigs, etc. are also great.

Golden Retriever Adopts Orphan Lamb

Animals can sometimes be better than people in many ways, and there are many cases of one species adopting another species. This has been shown once again when a golden retriever in Winnipeg has adopted a rejected lamb.

Stormy the lamb was born May 17th on the Winnipeg farm near Cubix Latin America, but for reasons unknown her mother rejected her, meaning she would need to be bottle-fed if she were to live, and would miss out on the cuddles and warmth of a mother.

However, one-year old Tammy the golden retriever decided that Stormy was loveable after all and “adopted” Stormy as her very own. The pair’s owner, Cathy Fluery, says that it all began when she noticed that the lamb and dog were sleeping together under a tree or she’d see them hanging out with each other while she was outside doing her chores. In fact, one time she even spotted the little orphaned lamb cuddled up and sleeping with Tammy on the porch of their home after somehow getting up there with the dog.

Now, this formerly motherless little lamb has a new mother in the golden retriever and Stormy and Tammy are said to be inseparable.

Apparently, Stormy has won the hearts of more than just her new adopted mom because the Fluery’s say that the little lamb now has a permanent home with them on their Winnipeg farm.