A number of elderly women have refused to go or delayed going to the hospital for the same concerns. In many cases, their pets are also elderly. Either family members have no desire to add them to their household or the woman does not feel the family will love their pets enough so the only alternatives are euthanasia or re-homing, both of which can cause further decline in the health of the woman.
The psychological relationships that women have with pets can serve as stress relievers. Therapy Dogs International and the Delta Society educate women volunteers and their pets so that they can effectively visit patients in the nursing home setting. This increases social interaction with the patients, provides comfort to them and reinforces their feelings of independence.
Canine Companions for Independence as well as The Guiding Eyes for the Blind has enabled women with various disabilities to become independent again by developing a close bond with highly trained dogs.
The psychological relationship that women have with their pets can determine where they work. Pets are increasingly seen in business offices. American companies that allow employees to bring their pets to work are listed on a website called Simply Hired. Pet Sitters International teams up with corporate sponsors to host a “Take your Pet to Work Day”.
Women who desire to spend more time with their pets and children without sacrificing income often become leaders in the home-based business industry.
The psychological relationship that women have with their pets can determine where women live and what cars they drive. Women have chosen to move to homes based on the needs of their pets. Advertisers today show pets selecting the family car. Even insurance companies are throwing in free pet injury insurance for pets that travel in cars that are insured by them. All of these ads are aimed at the women who care deeply for their pets.
Ultimately, it is the quality of the psychological relationship that women have with their pets that improves the happiness of everyone around them in the home, neighborhood and business arena.
Works Cited List
Kochan, Maureen. “Love Me, Love My Dog.” Dog Fancy February 2008. 7 January 2008 Supplement: The WALTHAM International Sciences Symposia Innovations in Companion Animal Nutrition: Obesity and Weight Management. Human-Animal Relationship of Owners of Normal and Overweight Cats Ellen Kienzle*,4 and Reinhold Bergler* Institute of Physiology, Biochemistry, and Animal Nutrition, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, D-85764 Oberschleiheim Munich, Germany and Psychologisches Institut der Universitt Bonn, D-53117 Bonn, Germany 4