If we were to take cues from the animals we know and love dearly, would we all start to act a little wild? Or would we simply be kinder and more compassionate?

It’s possible that the answer is a little of both, but instead of talking about funny (or questionable) feline and canine behaviors we experience, let’s consider the countless ways pets influence our lives and make them more meaningful.

Whether you realize it or not, your pet teaches you life lessons that can be applied to your own journey, and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are keyed into this powerful and magical relationship.

Big Impact

The famous veterinarian and writer James Herriot wrote many books full of quotable phrases, including one of our favorites: “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”

Without a doubt, the pets we share our lives with have seemingly endless sources of love, loyalty, and gratitude. In turn, we can apply those valuable traits toward ourselves, close friends, relatives, and the world at large. If your pet teaches you nothing but these three things, you’re already better off for it.

Another Quote

To look at other lessons your pet teaches you about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness (or at least acceptance), consider Eckhart Tolle’s idea in his book Guardians or Being: “While a dog loves to chew bones, the human mind loves problems…Every animal has important lessons to teach us if we would only stop, look and listen.”

Take Stock

Observe your pet. Chances are, they’re wrapped up neatly in the power of the moment. We humans aren’t always great at taking stock of the moments that pass us by. Instead we’re captivated by the past or worried about the future. When you pause to consider all that your pet teaches you, you’ll be more likely to stay present in the moment alongside your four-legged best friend.

Things Your Pet Teaches You

While you’re “in the moment,” you might realize there’s no better time to play and enjoy life than right this instant. Of the many things your pet enjoys, playing with you is at the top of their list. When you stop your busy life, shut off the screens, and throw a ball or catnip toy around, you’re learning one of the most important lessons your pet can teach you.

Love and Trust

Your pet greets you when you come home, cuddles with you on chilly nights, and comforts you when you’re feeling down. Applying these traits in our own lives is fulfilling. Living without self-judgment or fear, remaining close with your own personal “pack” or tribe, and maintaining sensitivity when others are experiencing pain or loss are amazing attributes in life. Your pet is a mighty mentor in this area.

So Enriched

Our lives are enriched by the animals in our care. Not only does it feel good to guard someone else’s health, wellbeing, and happiness, but when we realize the relationship is 100% mutually beneficial, the bond only deepens.

Please let us know other ways your pet teaches you important life lessons. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are always here for you, and we look forward to seeing you and your pet/teacher soon!