Three Pet Stories that Warmed Our Hearts This Week
Google the words “January and depression,” and you’ll find a litany of gloomy statistics and musings about why people may seem down in the dumps during the first month of the year. In what could be considered the heart of winter, people seem to become increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, their spouses, and the gyms they joined in hopes of finally nailing their New Year’s resolution to lose a few pounds. Blame it on fewer hours of sunlight or post-holiday let down (many retailers know all about that).
So how do you cheer up cold, dreary hearts in the middle of January? Well, here at PPN, we turn to pets for a boost. With this idea in mind, we share here three warm and furry stories that popped up in this week’s news that brought smiles to our faces and added some sunshine to bleak days.
Bringing Up Baby: Much has been written about the positive bond that humans and animals form after years of companionship. However, bringing a new human into the household can be overwhelming for expectant pet parents that realize it may take time for their animals to adjust to having a baby around the house. One Missouri couple was pleasantly surprised when it seemingly took no time at all for their rescue pets to take a liking to their newborn son, Sonny.
Kasey and Blake Boggs—pet parents of a menagerie of rescue animals, including a cat named Mia, two white terriers named Roxy and Edith, pit bulls Roise and Jake, and two ducks name Gertrude and Donald—have been receiving a lot of love on Instagram lately, where the couple has shared adorable images of the animals’ infatuation with their son. From snapshots of Mia cuddled up next to Sonny, to an aww-inducing image of Sonny and the terriers dressed in matching outfits, the photos and the story of how the Boggs’ pets are adapting to life with their new “brother,”over on The Huffington Post are sure to warm your heart.
No Sibling Rivalry with Pets: Is the bond between a child and a pet stronger than those that children share with their siblings? Perhaps, according to a new study, it could very well be. People reports that a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology found that a majority of children report having a more satisfying relationship with their pets than with their siblings. Conducted with WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition, which is part of Mars Petcare and the Economic and Social Research Council, the study also noted the importance that an animal can play in childhood development, helping kids foster social skills and emotional maturity. With the teasing and competitiveness that sometimes forms between siblings, seems like having a furry friend around can be beneficial for the whole family.
A Sunny Proposition in Florida: Orlando, Fla., may be home to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” (and Global Pet Expo), but for pet parents that rent, particularly those with larger dog breeds, it can be anything but magical. However, a new initiative launched by the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando aims to make finding a pet-friendly rental apartment easier for the area’s residents, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
An online pet-friendly apartment registry offers renters the tools they need to find complexes that allow all sizes and breeds in their buildings. Steve Bardy, the alliance’s executive director, told the Orlando Sentinel that he was inspired to create the registry “to reduce the number of animals that end up [in shelters]” because their owners can no longer care for them when they relocate to a rental property that will not accommodate their beloved four-legged friend. Area animal rescue groups have positively received news of the registry and are hopeful that it will reduce the number of animals surrendered to rescue groups. Wouldn’t that be magical?