The weather was perfect for people-watching, “froyo”, listening to music, walking the long stretch of boardwalk and petting the myriad dogs who accompanied their owners on this beautiful sunny day.
Canines of all kinds were in abundance – dachshunds, German Shepherds, dalmatian puppies, golden retrievers – you name it, we saw ’em. As much as I’d love to get a dog and one day I will – I’ve already promised my kids – we currently have a fantastic, clever cat whom everyone adores.
Not only are pets fun and playful (and a lot of work of course), studies show they’re good for both children’s and adults’ mental health.
While it seems counter-intuitive, the dander and bacteria from pets can actually help babies develop their immune systems.
By exposing children to various pet allergens, some allergies and diseases like asthma can be avoided.
Owning a pet also breeds empathy, compassion, love, friendship and key social skills.
What does the special furball, fish or ferrat in your life do for your family? Can you imagine life without Fido?