Animal wisdom - 10 things your pets can teach you!

1. Live in the moment

Dogs and cats are notorious for living in the moment unlike us humans. Have you noticed that they aren’t worrying about tomorrow? They truly enjoy the very moment that they are in – napping, chasing a bird, playing with a ball or eating their food. Our furry friends do what brings them the most  joy and leave whatever else for tomorrow. We can definitely learn from our pets to live in the present moment and not sweat the small stuff so much.
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2. Learn to accept yourself

Would you say that your pet is satisfied with the way he looks? Have you ever noticed or heard of a cat wanting to be a dog?  Imagine if your Labbie decided that he wanted to be a Poodle or a Dalmation wished for a long, shiny coat like an Afghan. We, humans waste so much time trying to be who we are not. Just think how much time is spent having a negative self-image and not loving who we actually are? We battle with our appearances, weight, personal lives, jobs – and all because we want to be someone else’s version of perfection. Each of us are different and unique because we don’t look, think or act alike. The lesson here is to simply love who you are, imperfections and all! 
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3. Be loyal and reliable

What’s the old saying? “Trusty, old dog”. These furry companions are known to be fiercely loyal, highly dependable creatures who will always defend and stick with their pack. We, humans can definitely learn a thing or two here. How often do we lose sight of what is important and forget to be loyal and the person who others can count on? Be the person your dog would want you to be. Practice being loyal and dependable in all your relationships – at home, at work, with your family and friends.
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4. Forgive and don’t hold grudges

One of the shortcomings of human nature is being able to hold a grudge. We hold onto anger, resentment, old hurts and bitterness. Our dogs, on the other hand, do not get angry if we arrive home late or do not take them for their daily walk. We can definitely learn from our pooch to let go of grudges and forgive the past – simply by doing this, we free ourselves by not been weighed down emotionally.  
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5. If you need help, ask for it

Dogs and cats are not afraid to ask for help. Sometimes they will even go as far as making themselves heard if you choose not to respond quickly enough. Pet owners know how their kitty or pooch reacts if they’re a bit late with their dinner or they want to go for a walk – yes, cats will meow very loudly and dogs will bark or whimper. Here’s the thing with humans – sometimes, we are too proud to ask for help or assistance. As a result of silly pride, we lose out and miss opportunities to have fulfilling relationships and friendships. 
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6. Love unconditionally

It’s a fact, dogs love you unconditionally. No matter what you mood you are in, whether you are happy or angry, they will eagerly jump on you or wag their tails relentlessly when they see you. Even if you’ve yelled at them, they won’t hesitate to plant a few kisses on you. Sometimes it’s hard to love others unconditionally but if we have a little bit of patience and tolerance, then it is possible.
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7. Play and have fun

A favourite pastime of dogs is their love for play and have fun. Your dog pal is at his happiest when he is moving and being active - running, jumping or chasing. We, pet owners should follow our pets lead and get moving too! Taking time out to be active, play and have fun from our hectic daily lives will do us the world of good. Think about it, your dog is actually a positive influence in your life – he forces you to be active by taking him for a walk or playing fetch. Spend more time doing fun things such as dancing, hiking, swimming or cycling. Remember, don’t take life so seriously – live a little! 
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8. Get more sunshine

The best therapy for your health and wellbeing is getting more sunshine. Studies have shown that getting vitamin D from being exposed to the sun definitely improves your mood and brain functioning. Don’t you feel better after feeling the sun on your face? Follow your kitty’s fine example of lapping up the sun’s rays and feeling relaxed and serene afterwards. Make a point of going for a leisurely stroll to enjoy more sunshine in your life.
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9. The power of love

There is quite a bit of evidence that dogs and cats who experienced trauma and abuse, and as a result became frightened, anxious and aggressive animals have an amazing ability to learn to trust and love again. After been placed in a loving environment, they overcame their fear and began to trust again. This is the same for humans, as soon as fear, abuse, and self-hatred is replaced with love, you start to heal and the road to recovery is so much easier.
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10.  Life is a journey

Dogs always embrace each new day with vigour and eagerness – just look for the wagging tail to greet you! We, humans can also enjoy our journey and embrace each day with positivity and a zest for life. When your dog jumps in the car with you, he doesn’t have any idea where he is going to but he enjoys the journey. People need to be reminded that it’s not about the destination – it’s about savouring every moment of the journey. Enjoy the experiences, challenges, lessons, highs and lows of your life’s journey 
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11. Herbal wisdom 

OK, we know we said ten but here is one more lesson we can learn from animals. Left to their own devices, they instinctively know which plants they need to eat when they are ill or have a nutritional deficiency! For example, we have all seen our pets swallow grass to make themselves throw up when they have eaten something yucky! Unfortunately, domestic animals don’t have access to the wide range of medicinal plants that their wild counterparts do! Feelgood Pets PetAlive have worked hard to make sure that our range of natural herbal and homeopathic medicines helps to fill the gap and give your beloved pets that herbal help they need – even though they are far from the wild!

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