If you’re a pet owner you likely consider your fur baby part of your family. You dote on his dopey doggie smile or marvel at her fabulous feline grace. You brave frigid early morning walks and daily poop scooping duties. You do it all in the name of L.O.V.E. and feel deep in your heart that your efforts are worth the reward.
A BarkBox study found that pets don’t simply make people happier – they make them better humans. Wanting a deeper understanding of the pet/human bond, they commissioned a revealing poll of pet parents that revealed that 93% of dog dads and moms think that their pet made them a better person by improving their emotional, behavioral and physical well-being.
For some it was as simple as the motivation to get out of bed in the morning. Apparently, the presence of an enthusiastic and loving dog made greeting a new day much easier for seven out of ten people polled. Others claimed that caring for their pet made them more patient (54%), responsible (52%) and affectionate (47%). As a pet owner you likely relate to many, if not all of these sentiments. But it turns out this is just the tip of the proverbial tail. There are a lot of other ways that loving and caring for animals actually improves our own humanity.