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A Brief History of Pets and Humans

Humans and our animal friends have been working together for eons. Dogs were the first domesticated animals. Our relationship with them started as wild wolves picked through the scraps of our hunter-gatherer hunts. Multiple theories exist, but one common idea suggests evolution encouraged more timid wolves who were more willing to accept food from humans. Through time, trial, and error, this has led to the deep relationship that pets and humans share today. It is only after humankind befriended dogs that cats, fish, horses, and all the other animals follow. This relationship continues to evolve and dogs are no longer just simply hunting partners, but companions and friends. They play with us, make us laugh, and keep us warm, just like Their role has evolved even further where now, instead of wild dogs relying on their masters’ scraps, humans rely on their pets to help them navigate the world.

Service animals are the latest frontier where animals bridge the gap between our species, and service pets assist their human friends with a wide variety of needs and support. Seeing-eye-dogs are the first incarnation of this relationship, as dogs were trained to guide the blind. References to the practice can trace roots to as early as the mid 1500’s. Nowadays, service animals don’t just guide the blind, and they aren’t just dogs. Service cats, miniature horses, monkeys, ducks, and even birds have all been taught to work with humans to assist them in some way. These tasks include not just guiding, but now mobility assistance and even emergency care. People suffering from seizures are paired with animals trained to detect their debilitating seizure episodes and either get the attention of others to help, activate some sort of emergency contact device, or bring a phone or medication to their human companion. This is very physical, tangible, and lifesaving assistance. Less visible, but just as lifesaving, service animals can also assist with someone’s emotional and mental well-being as well.

Service animals are frequently trained to assist people with separation anxiety or PTSD as well. Just as animals can provide emotional support and love to a family, service animals trained for PTSD can assist those suffering from the stresses and instability of emotional trauma. Sufferers can rely on their service animals during episodes of stress or flashbacks, or for consistent and constant reassurance throughout their day.

This is simply where the relationship between man and his pets has grown to today. With robotics, and other technology advancing more every year, who knows what the future of mankind’s relationship with pets will look like!

Dealing With Pet Loss


As a new pet becomes part of their owners life, they can quickly become loved fixture of the family. This can even go as far as to take them for granted, assume them as part of the background, and forgetting just how a part of our lives they are. But when they are gone, their absence is truly felt. There’s no more running to the door, barking, meowing, or other familiar sounds, the house is quieter and things can get hard. My family recently lost our dog after 12 years together. Every person and family will handle this situation differently, but here are several tips for moving forward in your time of loss.


Take the time needed


Don’t brush off a pet’s death as something you should quickly get over because it’s just a pet. Losing a pet is a serious loss and should be treated as such. Take time off if possible and spend time remembering the good times you shared with the support of others who knew your pet.


Make proper arrangements


If your pet is terminally ill, sometimes the most human thing can be euthanizing. It may sound cruel, but it is also cruel to keep your pet alive and suffering physically to prolong your own grief. Your pet cannot speak and tell you just how much pain they are in, so you will have to trust your veterinarian and your own instinct for when to make the decision. There are quality services out there too, ones that can drive to your home and assist with all the details, giving you time to spend with your pet and not worrying about logistics.


Make closure


Before you say goodbye to your pet, a lot of people now keep either a paw print or a lock of hair as a keepsake. Pet owners often say they wouldn’t have thought they wanted something like that, however once their pet is gone but they still have their paw print they enjoy they report that they are glad they have the memento of their loved one.


It’s ok to move on


Some people may feel guilty thinking about getting another pet after their pet dies. While everyone is different and there is no right or wrong approach, it’s ok to get a new pet after some time. Some people may never want to get another pet again, that’s ok too. But if you find yourself wanting a new furry friend, there is no need to feel guilty. It’s totally normal and can be healthy in the healing process.



If you are unfortunately going through this processes these tips will help you and your pet move on to better times.

Great products for pets

Our pets are more than just chores to be fed and cleaned up after. Our dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and even fish are an integral part of our lives. So when is the last time you showed your pet some love? Do fido or fluffy and favor and try one of these modern products and give your furry loved one some pampering and love.


A dental bone for dogs


Dental bones are a great treat for dogs. Incorporate as part of a monthly routine to freshen your dog’s breath. It’s a great idea for dogs of all sizes. And this isn’t just a gift for owners when spike’s breath starts to reek, dogs love it too. The bones massage and clean gums and teeth as they gnaw on the bone. Dogs enjoy the feeling and will feel refreshed, leaving you with not only a less stinky dog but a happier one!


Pet Drinking fountain


We humans don’t like to drink stale water, so why would your pet!? Use this petsafe drinking fountain to keep your furry friend’s water fresh and tasty. It’s great not only for dogs, but for fussy cats too. Not only is this more enjoyable for your pet, but it’s healthier for them too. The appealing constant flow of water entices animals to drink more water, and a more hydrated pet is a healthier pet, with higher energy levels, prettier coats, better breath, and even improved liver and kidney function.


STAYbowl Tip-Proof Bowl


Now this may be more for owners than pet’s but you’re pet will still thank you. These bowls are designed so that they do not easily tip or spill over. Their extended base and grippy material keeps your pet’s food it its bowl. No spills equal less clean up for you, and an easier meal time for your dog, cat, or even guinea pig as there are smaller sized pet bowls as well.


The SpotMe tag


Never worry about losing your pet again! Technology has upgraded the standard tag or collar and you can now get a wireless pet tag that connects to your smartphone. Anyone with a smartphone can scan the tag and obtain photos and other contact information you provide. The best part is you can update the contact information from the product’s app if you ever move or need to change any of the info. By providing more information than a simple collar tag, you make it easier and quicker to reunite with your lost loved one.



Pet Guide 101

Looking for a new companion in your life? Tired of unreliable human partners? Or looking to add some fun and life to the family? Then you may be in the market for a new pet! Now you may think you already know the exact breed and color dog or kitten you want, or even picked out already at the local shelter. But not so fast! While you may know the pet you want, you might not have the one best matched for you. Run through this checklist to make sure you get the right pet for you.


Do I have the room?


Most people would love a doggy addition to the family, but some breeds need space. If you don’t have the yard space or nearby park, please don’t coop up a large dog. But if you absolutely fell in love with that mastiff and have to have a big dog, then there’s still options. Meet in the middle and look for an older dog. Their energy levels aren’t what they used to be and will usually do just fine in a smaller living situation, and you’ll be helping out a furry friend in need.


Do I have the time to take of it?


Again, you might want that spaniel full of energy but wait, don’t I have kickball on Wednesday nights? And Friday’s are girls night, Monday’s I work late, and Tuesdays Billy has soccer, and… you get the idea. We have our own lives to run too, and some animals may require a little more time and energy than we have room for. In this situation a cat, reptile, or fish may be the more appropriate choice.


And if this list has left you feeling bummed because you now know you probably shouldn’t get that puppy you had your heart set on, fear not! It’s not exactly the same as owning your own puppy but it’s the next best thing. Try fostering! Most shelters have a fostering program as part of their adoption center. Room at the shelter comes and goes and sometimes facilities need volunteers to take on dogs and cats to make room for new arrivals or to transition other animals. This will give you time to spend with a furry friend without the serious commitment and responsibility. It’s a great way to test out owning a pet and see if having the added responsibility of pet ownership to your life is the right call.