BENEFITS OF ANIMAL GUARDIANSHIP
There are many benefits of taking care of animals, which I divide into five categories.
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PHYSICAL Dogs can walk and jog with you, making them great hiking companions. Aside from that, their homes need to be cleaned and maintained regularly, an activity that provides the opportunity for one to move about. EMOTIONAL Animal companions can be really good listeners. They tend not to complain and talk back — if anything, they might respond to you with great joy, especially when you are happy. Some animals, such as Tortoises, can provide a certain sense of peace. Gouldian Finches and Canaries are natural musicians. Fishes give off a sense of serenity, and Pigeons can provide great comfort, especially when they fly about and come home to their loft. Hamsters remind us to enjoy and relax. SOCIAL Many affairs allow the human guardians of animals to get together and share their experiences. I can’t count the number of great friends I have made. Some of them I have been in fellowship with for more than 30 years. I have met many experts in their field, such as former Animal Scene writer Johnny Filart who has a wide range of companions: Arowana, Tortoise, Dogs, and Chickens. Guppy and Angelfish expert Butch De Los Santos and Animal Scene Managing Editor Jeffrey Lim are also part of the list. MENTAL We love discovering about our animal companions through research, online or otherwise. We enrich our knowledge because of our desire to know more so that we can care about animals better. SPIRITUAL We already appreciate the joy that our animal friends give us. However, their companionship also gives us the chance to think about their unique personhood as wonderful creatures. We are grateful that on this earth, we are not alone. I will continue my journey next issue by sharing what was accomplished during the start of the pandemic and what else is in store. Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29 ESV) For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.