Pet Talk: ‘Tis the Season to be Great

Pets, Family

It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of 2019 already! In this month of Thanksgiving, it’s a great time to reflect on the year and realize all the things that made 2019 good for you. That’s not to say that hardships and troubles have not occurred, because each and every one of us had to manage real-life struggles this year. The balance of good and bad is real for everyone and it’s this time of year that we are reminded, by the season, that we can and should reflect on the things we are thankful for.

Most of us would agree that our pets, along with our other family members, are some of the most important aspects of our lives. Being greeted by a pet that’s happy to see you ultimately puts us in a better mood when coming home. I often hear being separated from one’s pet, even if it’s from being on a dream vacation, is the hardest for the pet owner.

Your dirt-eating, stubborn at times, hilarious at other times, silly, picky-eater, itchy or smelly pet is also your emotional support, stable connection to your life and home and what can help keep you grounded every day.

Sometimes our pets seem anxious, nervous or sad. A friend reminded me that our dogs (and I’m certain our cats too) are our mirrors, reflecting to us the energy we’re sending out. If we’re anxious, it’s likely our pets will pick up on the anxiety and also become more anxious and I think we would agree that this makes sense. The next time your dog or cat needs a pick-me-up, reflect on your mood and see if making a shift in your mood can enhance theirs too. I once heard that the act of smiling, even if you’re not feeling happy, can trick your brain into thinking that you are. It’s quite amazing to feel the power of a mood shift that can change not only your mood, but that of your pet’s as well!

We have much to learn from animals. They really do live in the moment and for you. Happiest when you are happy and with them, our pets are here to help pick us up and guide us to the simple pleasures in life.

All of us at TFS Pets are grateful to you and your pets. We love hearing your stories and getting to know you. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope it’s full of the simple blessings that keep you happy, healthy and grounded.