One thing I'm certain of... Argo got more kisses and cuddles than my husband did! (and I'm sure you can relate to this situation too).
And I'm more than sure that on National Love Your Pet Day, your furry pup will get even more cuddles and attention.
I've always been a strong supporter of days dedicated to our pets.
And I admit, this is one of my favorites because it celebrates our love for our pets.
How do You show Your love For your Pets
Before telling you a little anecdote that happened with Argo on this holiday, I want to tell you something.
The love of our pets is unconditional and unwavering.
I bet your pet has never shown hatred towards you... or am I wrong?
Pets don't judge, don't criticize, and don't have prejudices. They love us for who we are, regardless of our virtues and flaws.
This unconditional love can have a positive impact on our lives, reducing stress, improving mental health, increasing happiness, and more.
Your furry pup Improves your Health in Ways you can't Even imagine
Pets can help reduce stress through their calming and comforting presence. Interacting with your pet, such as petting or playing with them, can also reduce the production of stress hormones like cortisol.
Did you know that it can also reduce blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease?
Taking your dog for a walk every day, even just for 30 minutes, leads to a more active lifestyle and therefore greatly reduces the risk of diseases caused by inactivity.
You will Never feel Alone with Your furry Friend by Your side
The presence of your furry pup is comforting, isn't it? Pets can provide companionship and comfort when we're alone or feeling sad. Being always there for us, we'll never suffer from loneliness, but rather feel safer at home.
Also, the love we receive from our pets is always available and constant, no matter how busy we are or how difficult our lives may be, with our stressful routines. Pets are always there for us, ready to give comfort and support when we need it.
But do you reciprocate all the love your four-legged friend gives you?
I asked myself this question a few years ago, during National Love Your Pet Day.
I left My dog Alone on National Love Your Pet Day
That day I left my beloved Argo completely alone...
I often had to stay longer at work. But that day it really shouldn't have happened.
I had promised Argo to take him to his favorite forest for a picnic, with his favorite biscuits that I always prepare for him on special occasions.
And yet it happened... But as you know, our dogs are not resentful... but I felt terrible guilt.
Do you ever leave your pet alone at home, and feel anxious, worried, and with terrible guilt because you know he can't wait for you to come home?
If you love your pet, I think this happens to you many times. But it's not our fault.
We live in a really stressful world, with really heavy work rhythms, unexpected events that ruin our plans. Just like what happened to me on National Love Your Pet Day.
But we shouldn't feel guilty... Your pet will always love you anyway.
That day I understood it, in fact, coming home late at night... exhausted and nervous.
And when I opened the door, Argo wasn't angry with me... He was happy to see me, but then again, my pup doesn't judge me, he just loves me... and understands me...
In fact, I was so tired and nervous that tears fell from my eyes (I really felt like a bad human for leaving him alone for so long).
Do you know what Argo did? First, he licked my tears, then he went to the couch and waited for me, looking at me with such sweet eyes that he seemed to say, 'I know you're sad and tired... Would you like some cuddles?'
Dogs do not need to speak. Their eyes tell you everything!
That day, I learned a truly important lesson...
Live in The present Moment, without Guilt and Thinking about Tomorrow.
Put down your phone... Don't think about tomorrow's work meeting, or all the household chores you have to do.
And don't even think about what you were supposed to do today, but didn't get to because of external events...
Make an effort and enjoy the moment, just like our pets do.
Our furry friends live in the present moment, appreciating the small things in life, like a walk, a cuddle, or a toy to play with. They don't worry about the future or things that might go wrong. Additionally, they don't have guilt or anxiety about the future, which makes them much happier and less stressed.
We can learn a lot from the simple and present nature of our pets. By focusing on the present moment and appreciating the small things in our life, we can reduce stress and increase happiness. Pets can be a great teacher in this sense and can help us live a fuller and happier life.
Love your Pet: What to Do to Celebrate your Love on National Love Your Pet Day
There are many ways you can celebrate National Love Your Pet Day:
- Organize a walk or hike with your pet: enjoy some time outdoors and take a walk with your furry friend. Enjoy the fresh air, take deep breaths, and clear your mind of any thoughts or worries.
- Throw a party for your pet: prepare some special food for your pet (how I love cooking! here's a delicious recipe for your furry baby) and invite other pets and their owners to join the party.
- Make a donation to an organization that helps needy animals and pets without homes.
- Take photos with your pet: take beautiful and fun photos with your pet and share them on social media to celebrate your endless love. (One of these beautiful photos can then be turned into a gorgeous Flowerpup portrait, celebrating your unconditional love forever)
- Give a gift to your pet: buy a new toy or a new cushion for your pet to show them how much you love them.
The most important thing is for you and your pet to spend time together and celebrate your friendship and mutual love.
The love of our furry friends is a precious blessing that we must appreciate and protect. Let's give them all the love we can, because they deserve it and because this love enriches our lives.
If you'd like, share your love for your furry baby in the comments.