There’s a relatively new term flying around and I LOVE it! The term is “pet parent”; not owner, or master (man I hate that one!), but parent. Many of you have probably heard it before, but I still run across pet lovers who haven’t, and I’m on a mission to change that. So what is a “pet parent” anyway. Well, to me, it’s a person who is responsible for raising a well mannered, socially adapted, emotionally confidant, and physically healthy animal of another species. I mean, that’s what parents do for their human children right? So isn’t the term fitting?
The thing I love about animals the most, is that it really doesn’t take much to impress them. Time, love, and treats, and you have a friend for life. Whatever lives in your house: cat, dog, bird, reptile; give your pet an awesome weekend and foster that unconditional friendship.
Now that the weather is warming up and the sun is getting stronger, it’s a perfect time to get outside. Better yet, it’s a perfect time to get your reptiles outside. Natural sunlight is so good for reptiles. Not only does it provide that warmth they love and need so much, but it also provides essential UVB rays and Vitamin D3. These are necessary for things like development and digestion (you know those things that help you live), and also your pet’s mental health. There are some great synthetic lights that simulate sun exposure, but in the end, it’s not the same thing. Think about yourself, would you rather go out and feel the sun or sit in an office with a vitamin D lamp on the back of your legs…exactly.
With warm weather on its way everyone seems to be talking about exercise recently. For those of you who love a good run that’s great, but I, myself, personally… don’t. In truth I’ve always been one to avoid physical activity when possible. In middle school I was known not to dress out for P.E. so I didn’t have to participate, and in high school I lucked out and got to take P.E. with the physics teacher who made all sports optional. And now that I’m grown I do what I need to, to stay healthy, but no more.
Many people are not physically active whether as a habit or through some situation such as health problems, a broken leg, recovering from surgery, ect. The problem is, good exercise is so important for your pet, and maintaining your pet’s health is an important part of truly pampering your pets. Giving your pet good exercise helps them maintain a proper weight, reduces stress levels, and stimulates their minds to prevent boredom (just to name a few benefits).
When I was a kid I used to love the show Wild Thornberrys. I loved it mostly because the little girl, Eliza, could talk to animals (It’s also one of the reasons I like Sofia the First). I think if I could have any magic power, talking to animals would be it. Not only could I have a conversation with any dog, but I could also tell that lizard in the wall “I don’t want to eat you. Just climb on my hand and I’ll put you back outside.” Wouldn’t life be wonderful?
I don’t think I’ll ever have that power, but fortunately, there are a few phrases that can make it across the language barrier and “I love you” is one of them. So, how do you tap into your interspecies language skills and tell any pet how much you love them? It’s easy.
If you’ve ever adopted an abused pet, you know how hard it can be to earn their trust. Some respond with fear, others with aggression and knowing what to do and how to handle the different responses can be a hard road of trial and error. But, the sooner you figure it out, the sooner you and your pet can enjoy life together.
Not everybody loves every type of animal and that’s ok. You may be wondering why I even posted this. “If I don’t like cat’s I won’t get a cat.” Sounds easy, but sometimes you get stuck with an animal you aren’t all that comfortable with. Maybe you married someone with a pet tarantula or five cats, but learning to love and bond with all the animals in your life regardless of the type, will do wonders for your every day life. If you’re lucky you’ll even find your worst fear turning into your best friend.
So today is officially the first day of fall! My favorite season!! I love the colors, the clothes, and pumpkin flavored everything! But the thing I love most about fall is going outside. The smothering heat is finally giving way to light breezes, and even in Florida we’re getting cool-ish mornings, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a day out than with my favorite pets. Sometimes it’s hard to think of something to do with your pet, but the good news is, it doesn’t take much to impress him. If you have a social pet, chances are she will just love being included. Here’s some ideas of things you can do with your pet this fall to get out and enjoy the weather.