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Pets Are The Perfect Companion If You Work From Home

If you work from home, run a blog, or freelance even on the side – or perhaps you are a stay at home parent, then you will know that sometimes you have no one to talk to. It can get lonely actually. The more work you have to do, the more often you are in the house.

We have quite a few pets; 2 dogs, 2 cats, 9 chickens and 4 fish. Admittedly, the fish don’t make the most interesting company, but they do look pretty! My dogs tend to sit with me on the sofa when I work, offering a comfort when the kids are all at school and I have no one to talk to.

Here are a few reasons why pets are the best and deserve the best.

Routine

The most wonderful thing about dogs and cats, is they settle into your routine. Or you can opt to change your habits to meet their needs. Either way, you can work around what they need from you, and still fit into your growing career as a freelancer. Dogs are particularly significant because they encourage you to have a walk every day. Usually in the morning – which is great to get you out of the house. Of course, you can also get a dog or cat door fitted by Tomsgates to help you out when they need some garden time, but you are down to the wire.

Great Listeners

Have you ever felt like you might just need an extra set of ears to listen to your ideas? Animals are the best listeners. Of course, most of the time, you aren’t looking for an opinion – you are actually just needing to vocalise your ideas. Your fluffy companion can be the best set of ears you’ve ever had. They don’t judge your best or worst ideas, and you will get to have a soundboard that you so desperately need.

I’ve published some pretty darn awful pieces of work because my dog listened to my thoughts! Ha!

Play Time

If can be pretty hard to wind down when you work from home. Because you are working in the same place that you relax. The lines can become blurred. A pet can force you to take breaks that will actually relax you. Of course, you can also throw in proper lunch breaks and evening meal breaks too because you’ll both need them.

Lunch time is playtime in our house. Once lunch arrives we kick a ball around the garden and burn off some energy.

Company

When it comes down to it. Very little can replace the dog who lays at your feet while you work into the wee hours of the morning or the cat that will look you in the eye as it walks across your keyboard. Even if you have children and a partner, you four-legged friends can provide something that more people can’t.

I find myself debriefing or even ranting to my pets. If I did this to my husband, I’d feel bad for subjecting him to my woes, but my dog always seems happy to listen.

Mental Health

Stroking your pet releases all those feel-good hormones that we really need to keep us pepped up on the worst of days.

“levels of serotonin, a hormone in humans that helps fight depression, rise dramatically after interaction with live animals, specifically dogs.” (University of Missouri-Columbia study)

In general, you can go wrong with the right sized pet for your home. Think about the responsibilities but know for sure that the love outweighs them all.

 

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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