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THEY SAY IT’S “THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR”

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BUT THE HOLIDAYS CAN BE HARD. SPREAD JOY BY SHARING YOUR PET.

Maybe you know someone who doesn’t have family around, or who’s recently gone through a break-up. Maybe they just lost a job, or even lost a loved one. Whoever they are, they’d probably love the company of a furry, affectionate goofball like yours this season. Here’s how to make it happen.

THE DOCTOR IS IN

Invite stressed out, worn-down friends over for a little pet detox. Giving them a chance to share a walk with your pup or play with your kitty isn’t just fun — it can leave them feeling physically better. That’s because hanging out with pets not only lowers blood pressure and stress hormones but also releases relaxation hormones.

BRING THE PARTY WHERE IT’S NEEDED

A quiet house can get pretty lonely this time of year. But for many elderly folks or those suffering from depression, getting out isn’t that easy. Ask if they might enjoy a furry visitor. Pets are great at drawing people out of their shells when human interaction just seems like too much work.

KID AROUND

It’s practically a cliché that every boy or girl wants a pet. And for one going through a rough time like a divorce, it can mean everything. Reach out to friends whose kids can’t currently have a dog or cat of their own and schedule a playdate

TAKE THE SHOW ON THE ROAD

Once you and your pet start spreading the love, you might not want to stop. Why not consider getting your pet certified to be a therapy dog? After you’ve both gone through the training, you’ll be qualified to visit a wide range of places, like schools, nursing homes and hospitals. It’s a great experience for you and your pet, and it means you can keep the good vibes going year-round.

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