Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” ARF cats continued their discussion about effects of heat on animals.
Whiskers: COVID, COVID, COVID! That’s all I hear anymore. When will this end?
Sadie: If I had the answer to that, I’d be famous.
Whiskers: It has had such an effect on pets as well as their guardians.
Sadie: I have the feeling many humans who had not had pets decided to get one once this pandemic set in.
Pepper: Why would they do that?
Whiskers: There are lots of reasons. Did you know that a pet in the home can do wonders for the guardian?
Sadie: Yes! I’ve heard that a human can benefit from having a dog or cat by experiencing decreased blood pressure, cholesterol levels and reducing feelings of loneliness.
Whiskers: Not to mention the increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities.
Pepper: And in this pandemic, outdoor activities are probably the safest.
Whiskers: Don’t forget that having a dog or cat can give a sense of purpose to any guardian.
Pepper: Another great benefit is that the human will have a loving being that will be there through thick and thin.
Whiskers: That alone is very valuable.
Pepper: On top of everything else, a pet doesn’t care if its guardian is wearing sweats all the time, has bad breath or hasn’t had her hair colored or cut in weeks!
Whiskers: Ha! That is so true! And a cat or dog is so very happy to have the guardian at home, regardless of the reason.
Sadie: I think having one of us in the home is a win-win for all involved.
Pepper: I couldn’t have said it better.
Be sure to keep up with the animal antics of “Days of our Nine Lives” each week. And please stop in to say hello to the entire adoptable cast at the ARF House, 26890 Highway 243 on Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment M-F by calling 951-659-1122.
Creature Corner is sponsored by Carole Herman & Sandi Mathers.