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Pet Power: The Benefits of the Human/Animal Connection

Most pet owners are quick to wax poetic about their animal companions. Their

cuteness may be one thing, but there are also less obvious benefits to having a

pet, namely, the physical and mental health benefits that go along with it. It’s only

recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the

human-animal bond.

Pets have evolved to become acutely attuned to our behavior and emotions.

Dogs, for example, are able to understand many of the words we use, but they’re

even better at interpreting our tone of voice, body language, and gestures. And

like any good human friend, a loyal dog will look into your eyes to gauge your

emotional state and try to understand what you’re thinking and feeling.

Dogs and cats in particular can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease

loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your

cardiovascular health. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more

secure and active. Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults.

Perhaps most importantly, though, a pet can add real joy and unconditional love

to your life.

One of the reasons for these therapeutic effects is that pets fulfill the basic

human need for touch. Stroking, hugging, or otherwise touching a loving animal

can rapidly calm and soothe you when you’re stressed or anxious. The

companionship of a pet can also ease loneliness, and most dogs are a great

stimulus for healthy exercise, which can substantially boost your mood and ease


Pets are, after all, part of the family, and having photos that capture their beauty

and personalities is something every pet owner should have. At Kaitlyn Elizabeth

Photography, we will expertly capture the essence of your beloved pets in

stunning, full color or black and white photography — images that will take pride

of place within your home and serve as a reminder of just how special your

animal companions are to you and your family! For more information, give us a

call today.

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