May 4-10, 2014 is National Pet Week. This is a chance for all of us to reflect on what our pets bring to our lives. Numerous studies have proven that owning pets is beneficial to our health, from lowering blood pressure and stress, to helping with depression. They protect us, help the physically challenged, provide companionship, and so much more. For me, pets have provided exercise, stress relief, travel opportunities, and a whole group of people I consider my second family. There have been tears and frustrations, but they are far outweighed by the great moments that can never be replaced. My pets have challenged me, while being there through thick and thin. So, to Petey, Molly, Tristan, Ramses, PJ, and Rio, thank you for being part of my life. It wouldn’t have been the same without you.
Ann E. Bastian, V.M.D.