One of the most enjoyable and rewarding hobbies is to open your home and hearts to include a pet as part of your family. With over 296 million people in the US, some reports show over 52 million dogs, and 64 million cats are counted among us.
But statistics can only scratch at the surface. We often divide ourselves into groups of dog people, cat lovers, and others.
Dogs and cats are part of the family coming with many of the tidings that doting parents bring on their own children. Pet gifts during the holidays are big business with the gift-giving reaching extravagant proportions for some animals. Bringing new meaning to “you lucky dog!”
For those who love the outdoors and are in areas of the country that are horse-friendly, consider yourself lucky. Horse fans realize why in the Old West they shot people for horse stealing.
For a somewhat different approach, aquariums offer surreal beauty with fish of magnificent colors, sizes and shapes. Underwater scenes are out of this world and are an easier way to step into the responsibility of owning pets, especially for children.
Taking on an animal as a pet is a huge responsibility, sometimes at a significant cost. Don’t take it lightly and do your research. Consider the Animal Rescue and local animal shelters to help you in adopting a pet.
Even if you don’t want to own a pet, you can enjoy animals through trips to zoos, animal photography, and appreciating and supporting nature. Also, collecting stuffed animals and animal figurines are favorite hobbies.
We are stewards of the land and are responsible for not only our own actions but for the survival of all animals and the state of nature.
Choosing to include an animal in your life is an excellent way to enhance your life’s enjoyment and to support our (sometimes furry) friends who are looking for a good home and loving family.
We’ll be adding more Animal sections here soon so stay tuned.