Many people who suffer
with bipolar disorder have seen the advantages of sharing their life with their
pets. At times when they have been discouraged and the idea of talking or
relating with another human being seemed like such a difficult challenge, the
unconditional love and companionship of their pet has been a great comfort.
And while this in
itself is a great benefit for animal lovers who suffer with bipolar disorder,
there is still another great aspect of having a beloved pet in their life.
During these lows of depression when a person with bipolar disorder has had
thoughts of giving up, many times it has actually been their pet who has
provided them the desire to continue on and work through the tough situation
until they are again ready for some human interaction.
So what if you don’t
have pets and can’t get one right at this time? A solution might be to research
your local animal shelter or humane society and learn about becoming a
volunteer. These places are hurting for good volunteers and would really
appreciate your help. This would be a win/win situation. You could get some
time with some of the animals, and maybe even find one you are compatible with
and adopt it. And the shelter or humane society gets some much needed volunteer
With either a pet you
already own or a new pet you have adopted, there are many things that need to
be done to make sure … Read More >>>
Considering all of the
unique critters on the planet, which ones are the warmest, cutest, furriest,
cuddliest, most entertaining and affectionate pets of all? Well, I suppose if you ask ten different pet
owners, you’ll likely get ten different answers. For me, it’s hard to beat the
incredible little critter from high up in the Andes Mountains of South America,
the chinchilla. And, that’s especially true of the adorable chinchilla baby.
Chinchillas as pets were imported, or more likely smuggled into North America
nearly a century ago, these adorable dynamos have evolved into one of the
world’s most cherished pets.
The name chinchilla
means “little chincha”, a name associated with the Chincha people of
Peru, a group who relied heavily upon the once abundant rodent populations for
both food and fur. Unfortunately, the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in the
16th century ushered in the eventual demise of the larger king chinchilla and
the subsequent endangerment of the remainder of the entire wild species, as the
chinchilla fur trade offered an irresistible opportunity for wealth.
Thankfully, that group
of a dozen or so chinnies, who were discreetly transported to California at the
turn of the century, are given credit, by some experts, as having propagated
the entire population of North American chinchillas. Sadly, the numbers left
behind in South America have struggled for survival and while they may be
protected as an endangered species, the populations appear to lack the
necessary growth to offer any substantial hope for the … Read More >>>