ᴍᴇᴇᴛ ᴊᴜᴘɪᴛᴇʀ, ᴀ ʙᴇʟᴏᴠᴇᴅ ʟɪᴏɴ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴄᴏʟᴏᴍʙɪᴀ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴍᴇ ғᴀᴍᴏᴜs ᴡʜɪʟᴇ ʟɪᴠɪɴɢ ᴀᴛ ʀᴇғúɢɪᴏ ᴠɪʟʟᴀ ʟᴏʀᴇɴᴀ.
ᴠɪʟʟᴀ ʟᴏʀᴇɴᴀ ɪs ᴀɴ ᴀɴɪᴍᴀʟ ʀᴇғᴜɢᴇ ʟɪᴋᴇ ɴᴏ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ.
ᴀɴᴀ ᴊᴜʟɪᴀ ᴛᴏʀʀᴇs ᴄᴀʀᴇs ғᴏʀ ғᴏᴜʀ ʟɪᴏɴs, ʙᴇɴɢᴀʟ ᴛɪɢᴇʀs, ᴊᴀɢᴜᴀʀs, ᴄᴏᴜɢᴀʀs, ᴀ ᴄʀᴏᴄᴏᴅɪʟᴇ, ᴀ sᴘᴇᴄᴋʟᴇᴅ ʙᴇᴀʀ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴀɴ ᴏsᴛʀɪᴄʜ.
ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ɪs ᴀʟsᴏ ᴀ ᴄʜɪᴍᴘᴀɴᴢᴇᴇ ᴄᴀʟʟᴇᴅ ᴊᴏᴄᴋᴏ, sᴘɪᴅᴇʀ ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴜɴᴅʀᴇᴅs ᴏғ ʙʀɪɢʜᴛʟʏ ᴄᴏʟᴏʀᴇᴅ ʙɪʀᴅs.
ᴏɴᴇ ᴘᴏɪɴᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʟʟ sʜᴀʀᴇ– ᴛʜᴇʏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴀᴄᴛᴜᴀʟʟʏ ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴀʙᴜsᴇᴅ, sᴀʏs ᴀɴᴀ ᴊᴜʟɪᴀ.
ʀᴇᴘᴏʀᴛs sᴛᴀᴛᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪᴏɴ ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴇᴅ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ sᴛ ᴡʜᴇɴ ɪᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴛʀᴀɴsғᴇʀʀᴇᴅ ʜᴀs ᴄᴜʀʀᴇɴᴛʟʏ ʟᴏsᴛ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴛʜᴀɴ sᴛ
” ᴛʜᴇʏ’ʀᴇ ʟᴀᴍᴇ, ᴏʀ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʟᴏsᴛ ᴀʀᴍ ᴏʀ ʟᴇɢs; ᴛʜᴇʏ’ʀᴇ ʙʟɪɴᴅ, ᴏʀ ᴄᴀɴ’ᴛ ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɴᴛʀᴀᴛᴇ, ᴏʀ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴀᴄᴛᴜᴀʟʟʏ ʟᴏsᴛ ᴀɴ ᴇʏᴇ,” sʜᴇ sᴀʏs.
” ɪ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴ ᴋɪᴅs, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇsᴛ ᴏғ ᴍʏ ᴋɪᴅs ᴀʀᴇ ᴀɴɪᴍᴀʟs– sᴏᴍᴇ ᴄʟᴀᴡᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ sᴏᴍᴇ ᴇxᴛʀᴇᴍᴇʟʏ ʜᴀɪʀʏ, ʜᴏᴡᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴀʟʟ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ғᴀɴᴛᴀsᴛɪᴄ,” ᴛᴏʀʀᴇs sᴀʏs. ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴀɴɪᴍᴀʟs ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇғᴜɢᴇ, ʜᴏᴡᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴊᴜᴘɪᴛᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪᴏɴ ᴡᴀs ᴀɴᴀ’s ғᴀᴠᴏʀɪᴛᴇ.
sʜᴇ sᴀᴠᴇᴅ ᴊᴜᴘɪᴛᴇʀ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜs, ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴏғᴛᴇɴ ᴀʙᴜsᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴀᴅ ʜɪs ᴄʟᴀᴡs ᴇʟɪᴍɪɴᴀᴛᴇᴅ.
ᴜɴᴅᴇʀsᴛᴀɴᴅɪɴɢʟʏ, ᴊᴜᴘɪᴛᴇʀ ʟᴏsᴛ ᴛʀᴜsᴛ ɪɴ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʟsᴏ ᴄʀᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴘʜᴏʙɪᴀ ᴏғ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀᴄᴛ.
ᴡʜᴇɴ ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴛᴀᴋᴇɴ ᴄᴀʀᴇ ᴏғ ʙʏ ᴀɴɴᴀ ᴊᴜʟɪᴀ, ᴛʜɪs ᴘʜᴏʙɪᴀ ᴛᴏᴛᴀʟʟʏ ᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇᴅ.
ʙᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜʏ ʟɪᴏɴ ᴡᴀs ᴍᴏᴠᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏs ᴄᴀɪᴍᴀɴᴇs ᴢᴏᴏ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄɪᴛʏ ᴏғ ᴍᴏɴᴛᴇʀɪᴀ.
ᴀᴜᴛʜᴏʀɪᴛɪᴇs ᴇʟɪᴍɪɴᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴊᴜᴘɪᴛᴇʀ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴀɴɴᴀ ᴊᴜʟɪᴀ’s ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ᴏғ ʜᴇʀ ʀᴇᴘᴏʀᴛᴇᴅ ʟᴀᴄᴋ ᴏғ ᴅᴏᴄᴜᴍᴇɴᴛs ᴛᴏ ᴋᴇᴇᴘ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪᴏɴ.
ᴜɴғᴏʀᴛᴜɴᴀᴛᴇʟʏ, ᴊᴜᴘɪᴛᴇʀ ǫᴜɪᴄᴋʟʏ ᴅʀᴏᴘᴘᴇᴅ ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ ᴡʜɪʟᴇ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴢᴏᴏ ᴀɴᴅ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴍᴇ ᴠᴇʀʏ ᴜɴᴡᴇʟʟ.
ᴀɴ ᴇᴍᴀᴄɪᴀᴛᴇᴅ ʟɪᴏɴ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴀs sᴀᴠᴇᴅ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴀʙᴜsᴇ ɪɴ ᴀ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜs ɪs ɴᴏᴡ sᴏ ᴡᴇᴀᴋ ɪᴛ ᴄᴀɴ ɴᴏ ʟᴏɴɢᴇʀ sᴛᴀɴᴅ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ʟᴏsɪɴɢ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ʜᴀʟғ ɪᴛs ʙᴏᴅʏ ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ ɪɴ ᴀ ᴢᴏᴏ
ɪɴ ᴀ ʙɪᴅ ᴛᴏ ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ ᴊᴜᴘɪᴛᴇʀ’s ʟɪғᴇ, ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴛʀᴀɴsᴘᴏʀᴛᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴀɴ ᴀʀᴇᴀ ʙᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ ᴛᴏ ᴀɴᴀ ᴊᴜʟɪᴀ.
ᴊᴜᴘɪᴛᴇʀ ʜᴀᴅ ʙᴇᴇɴ ʟɪᴠɪɴɢ ɪɴ ᴀɴ ᴀɴɪᴍᴀʟ sᴀɴᴄᴛᴜᴀʀʏ ɪɴ ᴄᴀʟɪ, ᴄᴏʟᴏᴍʙɪᴀ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ʙᴇɪɴɢ sᴀᴠᴇᴅ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴀ ʟɪғᴇ ᴏғ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜs ᴇxᴘʟᴏɪᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ɪᴛ ʜᴀᴅ ɪᴛs ᴄʟᴀᴡs ʀᴇᴍᴏᴠᴇᴅ
ʜᴇ ᴡᴇɴᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴏʙᴛᴀɪɴ ᴛʜᴇʀᴀᴘʏ ɪɴ ᴄᴀʟɪ ᴢᴏᴏ, ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴠᴇᴛs ᴡᴏʀᴋᴇᴅ ᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴄᴀʀᴇ ғᴏʀ ʜɪᴍ.
ᴛʜᴇ ᴠᴇᴛs ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪғɪᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴀʟ ʟɪᴠᴇʀ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀɴᴇᴍɪᴀ. ʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀʙɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴛᴏ sᴇᴇ ʜɪs ᴘʀᴇᴄɪᴏᴜs ᴀɴᴀ ᴊᴜʟɪᴀ ᴏɴᴇ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴛɪᴍᴇ.
ᴊᴜᴘɪᴛᴇʀ’s ᴘʀᴇᴠɪᴏᴜs ᴄᴀʀᴇʀ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ sᴀɴᴄᴛᴜᴀʀʏ ᴀɴᴀ ᴊᴜʟɪᴀ ᴛᴏʀʀᴇs (ᴘɪᴄᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ) sᴀʏs ʜᴇ ᴄᴜʀʀᴇɴᴛʟʏ ʜᴀs ᴋɪᴅɴᴇʏ ᴀɴᴅ ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇs ᴀɴᴅ ɪs sᴏ ᴛʜɪɴ sʜᴇ ‘ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ɴᴏᴛ ʀᴇᴄᴏɢɴɪsᴇ ʜɪᴍ’
ᴀɴᴀ ᴊᴜʟɪᴀ ᴛᴏʀʀᴇs sᴀɪᴅ: ‘ʜᴇ ᴡᴇɪɢʜs ᴋɪʟᴏɢʀᴀᴍᴍᴇs, ʜᴇ ᴄᴀɴ ɴᴏᴛ sᴛᴀɴᴅ ᴏʀ ᴍᴏᴠᴇ, ʜᴇ ɪs ᴛʜɪɴ, ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴇ ʜᴀs ʜɪs ᴋɪᴅɴᴇʏs ᴀɴᴅ ʜɪs ʟɪᴠᴇʀ ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇᴅ, ɪ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ɴᴏᴛ ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪғʏ ʜɪᴍ’
ᴊᴜᴘɪᴛᴇʀ ʟᴏsᴛ ʜɪs ғɪɢʜᴛ ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ ʟɪᴠᴇʀ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ sᴀᴅʟʏ ᴅɪᴇᴅ ɪɴ , ʙᴜᴛ ʜɪs ᴍᴇᴍᴏʀʏ ʟɪᴠᴇs ᴏɴ.
10 Mental & Physical Health Benefits of Having Pets
Pets are family members. Like humans, they need love, health care, and attention. But pet parents’ relationships with their pets are not one sided. Pets give so much back in return, improving the health of our minds, bodies, and hearts.
The benefits of having pets are plentiful — and scientifically proven. Pets help their humans live longer, happier, and healthier lives mentally and physically. The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) gathers the latest information on the positive health effects of companion animals. These researchers help make the case for adding a pet to a household.
From reducing the risk of heart attacks to alleviating loneliness, these furry family members are contributing to healthy communities.
Let’s talk about those benefits.
Better Mental Health
Pets can contribute to positive mental health through emotional work and practical work. The emotional work can be described as alleviating worries, stress, and depression. You may have noticed that your pet wastes no time noticing and springing into action when you are upset or sad. Their intuition is what makes them great support and therapy animals, and animal-assisted therapy is effective in treating PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
Then there’s the practical work that comes with caring for a pet. This means making sure their individual needs are met. Developing a daily routine of walks and feeding times can help pet parents with mental health conditions feel a sense of purpose that affects other areas of their lives.
The Data: Pets and Mental Health
A 2016 HABRI study explored the role of pets in the social networks of people managing a long‑term mental health problem.
- Pets were found to contribute to a stronger sense of identity in pet owners with mental health conditions, including reducing negative perceptions of a mental health condition or diagnosis.
- Pets provide a sense of security and routine in the relationship, which reinforces stable cognition.
- Pets provide a distraction and disruption from distressing symptoms, such as hearing voices, suicidal thoughts, rumination, and facilitating routine and exercise for those who care for them.
Better Physical Health
Every little bit counts when it comes to physical health benefits, and those daily walks really add up for dog owners. Since they are more likely to meet the criteria for regular moderate exercise, dog parents have lower instances of obesity.
Your heart is one of the biggest spots to see the full benefits of pet ownership. Just the presence of animals has significant impacts on blood pressure, with pet owners having a lower resting blood pressure than people without pet babies.
Cat parents aren’t left out of the healthy heart race. A feline friend in your home reduces your risk of death due to cardiovascular diseases, including stroke and heart attacks. According to the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), people without cats have a 40% higher relative risk of heart attack than non‑cat owners.
The Data: Pets and Physical Health
- Approximately 60% of dog walkers met the criteria for regular moderate and/or vigorous leisure‑time physical activity compared with about 45% for non‑dog owners and dog owners who did not walk their dog in a 2005 Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey.
- In a study of adults over the age of 50 with mildly elevated blood pressure, the presence of a pet dog or cat had a significant impact on blood pressure, with dog ownership being associated with lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure compared to people who did not own pets.
- A study of over 2,400 cat owners concluded there was a significantly lower relative risk for death due to cardiovascular diseases, including stroke and heart attack, compared to non‑owners during a 20‑year follow‑up.
Healthier Aging Process
Research has shown that older adults get social and emotional support from their pets that combats loneliness and depression. Aside from promoting exercise and reducing stress, pets also assist in the treatment of long‑term diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Pet companionship is also key for hospital and cancer patients. When coupled with animal-assisted activities, pets help patients with pain management and in interactions with doctors and nurses. Those patients also responded better to treatments and reported improvements in their quality of life.
The Data: Pets and Aging
- Results of a study of older adults who live alone suggest that pet ownership may act as a buffer against loneliness.
- Results of a one-year study that examined the impact of animal‑assisted therapy (AAT) on patients with chronic pain demonstrated that, following AAT, patients reported reduced pain, discomfort, and stress. Additionally, stress among nursing staff was found to decrease significantly following AAT.
- A study of older adults with mental illness living in long‑term care facilities concluded that AAT reduced depressive symptoms and improved cognitive function.
When we look at the data on mental health, physical health, and aging, it’s clear that pets contribute much to people’s lives in these areas, as well as being the loving companions we’ve always known they are.