Holiday-season wellness for your pet & for you
06:37 PM, Tuesday, November 08
This holiday season, remember that your pet will pick up on your stress and feel it every bit as acutely as you do. Taking extra-special care of them will do them a world of good, and you will reap enormous benefits.

Take your dog on longer walks. Play with him, let him sniff to his little canine heart’s content, and use that opportunity for yourself to detach and de-stress from the hectic activity that always seems to hit this time of year. Adding to your dog’s serenity only increases your own.

For cat people, I highly recommend buying a brush and spending a little time every day brushing your cat, even short-haired ones. I have experienced the joy of brushing my Coco’s fur every morning, and the thunderous purring that she lavishes on me lowers my stress levels to a much more manageable level. It often leads to a playful frisk, and let me tell you, laughing at her antics is absolutely the best therapy!

So, with that in mind, let’s take a moment and think about what our pets think about at Thanksgiving. Have fun!

About KR Johnson

KR Johnson believes wholeheartedly in joy and laughter as a critical element of any learning or healing process and is excited to be an instrument for joy in the world. She is an award-winning speaker, a longtime educator and advocate for kids, an improvisational theater performer and founding member of The Ladybugs–an interactive improv troupe for kids big and small. She is the author of The Eleventh Sense, the journey of 11-year-old Simon, who must find his mother’s killer with the help of the most unusual (and annoying) bunch of friends ever.

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