May is National Pet Month, dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership, the benefits of companion animals and supporting pet adoption.
According to the American Humane Society, there are approximately 78.2 million dogs and approximately 86.4 million cats owned in the United States. The numbers work out to approximately 39 percent of American households with at least one dog and 33 percent with at least one cat. That’s a lot of homes with pets! Dogs and cats must be doing something right… right? Twenty-one percent of those dogs and cats are from shelters or rescues. Three of my dogs are rescue dogs and I am currently fostering a young Saint Bernard. Tomorrow he will be starting the next leg of his journey to a forever home to call his own. While it is difficult to say good bye it is rewarding to watch them spread their wings.
I spend a lot of time with my dogs. They bring me great joy. We go on adventures together, go for car rides, the park, dog events, long walks and cuddle on the couch watching bad Sci-Fi movie marathons. They are my best friends and family. I have spent ridiculous amounts of money and countless hours researching information on toys, food, health issues and training techniques with the gusto only rivaled by a first-time mother. My extended family calls me nuts and can’t understand why I would want to take on such a burden. Burden, shmurden! I wouldn’t change it for the world. I consider all my time, money and emotion an investment in my own health and happiness. The statistics show I am not alone in my thinking.
When people see me out with my big hairy Saints, without fail they ask if I keep them outside. Nope, they are inside dogs and of course you can visibly watch the blood drain from their faces. I know what’s coming next, you must live in a huge house and how do you keep it clean? I have an excellent vacuum, which I use at least once a day and I own a Rug Doctor machine. Then I get the “ahhhh” response. Seriously people, running the sweeper daily, spot cleaning and shampooing the carpets every other month (the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends you should shampoo 2-4 times a year) with the Rug Doctor machine and my house is probably a lot cleaner than the average American home.
Rug Doctor offers a full line of cleaning products to tackle even the toughest pet stains. For non-urine pet messes the Pet Formula for deep cleaning works great and smells so fresh. For urine messes, which are par for the course when owning pets, Rug Doctor’s Urine Eliminator Formula or Wipes works fabulously. Not only does it tackle urine, it can remove other tough stains such as blood, dirt/mud/grass, feces and vomit.
Aside from the obvious emotional benefits of pet ownership, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports having a pet can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness. It can also increase your opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities as wells as opportunities for socialization. Pet owners on average are healthier than non-pet owners. Score!