The majority of people have several different types of relationships in their lives, each of which carry their own benefits and complications.
These can vary in nature from your relationship with your parents to how you get along with your work colleagues and, of course, your closest friends.
For some people, though, some of their strongest bonds aren’t even with humans, but with animals. In the United States alone it is estimated that between 70 and 80 million dogs are owned by people, with the figure jumping up to between 74 and 96 million as far as cats are concerned.
Looking after animals can be arduous at times, in terms of feeding them and taking them for walks, whilst some animals have behavioural issues that can prove very difficult to deal with.
However, if you happen to be the owner of an animal that you have a strong connection with, then this can greatly increase your overall wellbeing and can also provide you with a distraction from the hectic nature of the outside world.
Unlike humans, animals won’t judge you for the mistakes that you have made and, once you develop a relationship with them that is centred on trust, they are likely to be obedient and follow instructions.
One of the main downsides to this is that, in comparison to humans, the life expectancy of many pets is very low (usually around 13 years for a dog). This can be heartbreaking for the owner, but, whilst they are alive, it is important for you to spend as much time as possible with your animals and to look after them.
rYour relationship with your pet is likely to be a lot less strenuous than your real-life friendships. Your pet won’t betray you and, in most cases, won’t become embroiled in complicated situations, meaning that you can enjoy the time that you spend with them.
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