Think you’re ready to live with someone? You don’t have to buy a ring; a collar works just as well.
Becoming a pet owner can be one of the most special and unique relationships you’ll have in life. It’s rare to find someone who loves you unconditionally, is always there for you and doesn’t ask for anything more than a little food and a cozy place to curl up at night.
And, in addition to being friendly and loveable, research shows that owning a pet can be good for both your mental and physical health. Here’s why we think pet ownership is the best:
Pets are amazing companions.
The top reason people have pets is for the companionship. It’s wonderful to come home to kitten cuddles or a puppy’s soft, warm eyes. Pets are welcome companions almost anywhere; in fact, even some of the trendiest new apartments around the city (like those in 500 Pearl) make a point to say that pets have a place of honor in their housing complexes
And if you are so attached to your furry friends that you can’t bear to leave them at home, never fear; pets can often make great travel companions too.
Businesses recognize that pets are big business, and they are welcome at many hotels in and around the Buffalo area as well. Hotels like Staybridge Suites Buffalo – Amherst make special allowances for travelers bringing large pets; while hotels like The Giacomo make sure that those traveling with animals have pet-friendly rooms and outdoor space to stretch their legs and play.
Pets can help you make new friends.
Watching your pets play or interact automatically opens up topics of conversation between you and the pet owners around you. When you take your pets out for a walk or to an event, they automatically attract attention, because they’re just so cute. Once they’ve broken the ice with other pets and their humans, further conversation is up to you, though!
Pets can help you spend more time outdoors.
If you’re living with a pet in an apartment, you’ll probably find yourself strapping on your sneakers a little more often to take them out.
Whether it’s for a bathroom break, or just to burn off some of their energy, pet owners do seem to get out more. For example, dog owners walk an extra 22 minutes a day on average, and that definitely counts toward getting your steps in for the day!
In and around Buffalo, there are also plenty of wonderful places where you and your pet can enjoy the outdoors together. For example, The Barkyard, an official dog park in LaSalle Park, is a great place to let your dog enjoy some off-leash time.
Pets can help you explore new places.
While you might struggle when trying to decide whether to go home and curl up with your pet or feel guilty about leaving them behind while you go out with friends, there are many places where you don’t have to make that choice.
In fact, if you haven’t checked out some of the pet-friendly restaurant patios around Buffalo, you might decide that the opportunity to take your furry friend with you is that added impetus needed to get you out of the house.
Some fun and pet-friendly spots around town even have added perks for your pet, too. As an example, Nickel Creek Cafe hosts regular Yappy Hours where you can enjoy drinks and snacks with friends, and your dog can enjoy complimentary water and treats.
Bottom line: having a pet can be a fun and rewarding part of your life, as well as a wonderful way to build relationships and explore all your community has to offer. Pet ownership is not a choice to be taken lightly, but the benefits are wonderful if you have the heart for it.