I always wonder if Toby would be happier with another dog to snuggle with when I’m at work, to create mischief with and to commiserate with when I tell him “no” after begging at the table for a taste of my breakfast. I think that answer is, yes, and I have thought about getting him another pup — it’s just a matter of timing.
There are so many benefits to having a companion for your pet. In fact, when I first got Toby as a puppy, I also had a bird. Ironically, Toby immediately took to the bird and although the bird was older, Toby would always look out for Sky. If Sky was on the floor, Toby would bark and come over to alert us. He never once tried to take a bite out of Sky, and would even let Sky sit on him. Unfortunately, we lost Sky, but, to this day Toby goes nuts for blue birds when we walk past their cages in the pet store.
I’m not, however, saying you should get a bird for your pet, but the interaction shows how much pets like to have a companion.
And, it’s not just dogs and cats that like companionship. When I had my tortoises, I always made sure they had a friend. I mean, what fun would it be to just crawl around a (very spacious) enclosure without a buddy?
Giving your pet a friend allows it to interact with other animals,
which results in a more active and social animal, according to our friends over at PAL. Studies have even
shown that multiple pets can help ease a pet’s separation anxiety from
its owner, as well as revitalize older animals when a new pet is
So, why not jump on Petfinder while you’re slipping your morning coffee and browse the local pets available for adoption and get your pet a friend today!
This post is sponsored by the Pets Add Life campaign and the American Pet Products Association. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the benefits and joys of pet ownership.