Petsuku: Are Pets an Answer To Loneliness?

At Petsuku we love, cherish and adore our pets – unconditionally. And, thankfully, that unwavering companionship and unconditional love is (almost always!) given back. Most people would agree that our furry friends are more than simply 24 hour companions- they comfort us and nourish our home lives with their unique characters and characteristics.

In addition to being wonderful company, many people rely on their dog to warn them of any strangers approaching the house, or to alert them to a ring or knock on the doorbell that they might not normally hear.

Dogs and animals in the home also ‘bridge the gap’ in social situations. Not everyone is confident in social situations- even with people they know well. Often people find communicating with others is easier when their furry friend is also present – this happens frequently and shows the incredible value of having an additional ‘character’ to distract, lighten the mood or add conversation points.

Through its daily needs, a pet also offers a fixed routine, and in return gives warmth and loyalty. They provide an uplift for morale, help reduce stress and can bring happiness and laughter – uplifting us from depression.

Personally, when I have had a bad day and I flop exhausted onto the sofa, both Frankie and Casper (my fabulous Chihuahuas) are there in a heartbeat, snuggling into me and making me feel safe and loved. When I’m feeling low, Casper in particularly rarely leaves my side- it’s extraordinary! Sometimes, when I’m stressed, I simply enjoy watching my dogs sleep- I find it very relaxing.

But do our pets also offer protection from loneliness and despair?

Recent research and experience points to the fact that this is indeed the case.

A loving relationship with a pet can be an incredibly important bond for elderly or terminally ill people, giving them very real protection from loneliness.

The Cinnamon Trust is an amazing organisation that promotes these bonds – at the times in our lives when we might need them most. The Trust describes itself as ‘The National Charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets’ and Sir Paul McCartney is one of their patrons!
The Trust has a network of 18,000 volunteers who “hold hands” with owners to provide vital loving care for their pets. The Trust aims to keep them together – for example, they’ll organise someone to walk a dog every day for a housebound owner, foster pets when owners need hospital care, or fetch the cat food. The Cinnamon Trust helps over 150,000 people a year with 157,977 animals and runs two home from home sanctuaries.

When a pet is in the Trust’s care either short term or long term because the owner is in care, the owner is kept in touch with visits, if possible, or regular photos and letters.

Donate to the Cinnamon Trust

Next time you are having a wonderful interaction with your furry friend, pause a minute and consider the many powerful and very real ways our pet supports your emotional wellbeing – from feelings of happiness to protection from loneliness.

These pets of ours really are remarkable aren’t they?

That’s why this mantra is at the heart of everything we do at Petsuku:
Love. Cherish. Adore.

Because these pets are so important in every aspect of our lives, as we are in theirs.

Visit our Petsuku Shop to see the many ways you can cherish your loved pet.

Until next time,

Wendy