America-the-dogHaving a pet, no matter how big or how small, can improve our lives greatly. They provide companionship and entertainment, bring us joy, cheer us in our sorrow and teach us compassion. Taking care of their daily needs gives us purpose, and it’s a fact that a pet can also be the best medicine for those of us who have pain, high blood pressure, depression or feelings of isolation. Our pets can bring out the best in us and allow us to share our love, even while trying our patience.

The pet lovers interviewed admit their pets are a major part of the family, and somewhat in charge of household activities. Here, they share the many ways their fur babies add so much to their lives.

Activist Sidekicks
Doug Craig is a tireless advocate for raising funds and awareness to benefit people like himself with FSH muscular dystrophy, and his dog, Gracie, is always right there beside him.