Pets are Good for You

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Your Pets are Good for You

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Your pets are good for you.  I've been saying it for years.  Now it's been proven by the medical professionals.  

So it begs the question, why then are pets restricted in so many communities in south Florida.  And that's a very good question, one which I wish I had the answer to.   But that’s a topic I know I've written about many times.  


Most dogs go outside to do their business. Walking is great exercise for your dog and for you.  It’s good for their healthy and yours.   Of course, please check with your doctor first before starting any walking regimen. 

But if you have a dog, hopefully, you’re going to walk the dog.  With that twice-or-more daily walk, you are both getting physical exercise.  And that’s a good thing!  


Dogs are social creatures.  On your walks, you’re likely to run into other people walking their dogs.  The dog-walking group, as it’s been called.  It’s a chance to socialize not only your pet but yourself.   Dogs sniff.  People talk.   

I often know the dogs' names before the people and many others can say the same!

Some people prefer to go to dog parks where both you and your dog can socialize.  Some like taking their dog to different places to take a leisurely walk.  Like Mizner Park, for example, or Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.   Many stores have water bowls outside for dogs – they expect dogs and their owners to stop by. 

You never know who you will run into and strike up a conversation.  Again, it’s a social thing, which is good for you and your furry friend.


Pets are known to bring down anxiety and stress in people.  Stroking the fur of an animal can calm you.  It can bring your blood pressure down or help to lessen an anxiety attack.   That's the truth. 

That’s why you see therapy dogs go into hospitals, nursing homes, airports and more. 

A few years ago, I met a beautiful Australian Shepherd therapy dog at Bascom Palmer in Miami.  He was blind, but he was beautiful.  He went up to everyone and he let them pet him.  His owner told me he took Donovan to the airport and the hospital.  What a good dog and what a good person!


Pets are great companions.  There is another living, breathing thing in the house.  Someone to talk to (Yes, I talk to my dogs!  I even tell them I love you, be good girl and mommy will be back, before I leave the house!)  What can I say?   It’s true. 

With most people, the bond with their pet is a strong one. 

Your furry friends rely on you for everything.  Pets will hang out with you when you’re sick, watch tv or sit with you while you’re on the computer.  They’re good company!


Animals have been known to help those who suffer with depression.  Just having an animal around is a good feeling, a pick me up. 

I’m not saying it’s going to cure your depression – that’s for the medical experts – but it’s nice to know another living, breathing creature is there.   And your pet cares about you.  There’s that bond again.

A dog can give a person a reason to get out of bed in the morning.  They know the dog must be walked.  And walking the dog gets you out of the house, which you otherwise might not do.  It’s great for those who need a push and would otherwise stay in bed.


Service and Emotional Support Dogs are wonderful for those who need them.  I’ve seen dogs specially trained to deal with autistic children, alert their owners to a seizure or a diabetic attack, take clothes out of the dryer, or help them emotionally.  It’s hard to argue with that.

Many people start out thinking they saved an animal but, as it often turns out, the animal saved them.  Amazing, isn't it?

Elyse Berman, PA, CRS  is a Pet-Friendly REALTOR® who has been helping people buy and sell homes for the past 19-plus years. She serves Palm Beach County, Florida.  Check out her blog.

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Comments (17)

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Pets are great companions and the right dog can help one live a healthy and stress-free life.

Sep 22, 2023 05:54 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Agreed Ed.  Many people are lonely or not well as they get older and dog or cat are their lifeline.  It's amazing what a pet can do.

Sep 22, 2023 06:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

You are so right, Elyse. Larry carries a few dog treats in his pocket for our morning walks. We don't give them to pets unless we know the owner and get their permission!!!

Sep 22, 2023 06:42 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

That’s really nice of Larry to do!  I’ll bet the dogs he knows look forward to seeing him of your walks, Kathy!

Oct 03, 2023 03:40 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elyse Berman, PA  I walk Holly three blocks twice a day and  I socialize with the neighbors and often I see people driving by waiving or beeping their horns, they recognize the old guy with the cute dog:)Endre

Sep 22, 2023 09:17 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Endre Barath, Jr. This is usually what happens.   Even if people don’t know your name,, they recognize you and your cute dog 😊

Oct 03, 2023 03:54 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elyse, living alone, I could not imagine not having a pet.   Without a fence, a dog would be tough, but my two kitties are sure a blessing.

Sep 22, 2023 11:09 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Joan, I know what you mean.  They’re such great company.   Not every dog needs a fence, but dogs do have to go out for walks.  I’m glad you have your kitties

Oct 03, 2023 03:56 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Elyse. Pets are taking on more importance in downtown Chicago. Newer buildings have secured dog walks high above the street level as part of their amenity package. And to accommodate pets and also people who don't want pets, they have pet and non-pet floors.

Enjoy your preference.

Sep 23, 2023 04:36 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good morning Wayne,  That’s interesting.  I think it’s happening in newer buildings all over, as I’ve seen it in downtown Boca too.  I think it’s nice the buildings in Chicago have taken into consideration people who want their pets as well as those who don’t.


Oct 03, 2023 03:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

We take our dog Hercules for two walks a day, a mile both times. It's great exercise for all!

Sep 23, 2023 04:57 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Kat, I’ll bet Hercules looks forward to those walks and you do, as well.  It gets everyone out of the house and, like you said, it’s great exercise!

Oct 03, 2023 03:59 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have known for a long time that pets are really good for people and for their health, yet I still don't want to have a pet of my own, haha.  Maybe one day that will change.

Sep 23, 2023 05:04 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Brian, It’s a personal preference and you’re entitled yours.  No worries.  Maybe one day it will change and maybe not.  Either way, I wish you well

Oct 03, 2023 04:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Elyse... yes they are good for us! I can't image living without my fur babies (one cat, one dog). They bring so much pleasure to us.

Sep 23, 2023 05:44 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good morning Nina, I know you know, Nina.  I am down to just one now.  Having lost three over the past six years, it seems a bit lonely to all of us and we’re looking to add another.   Like you say, they all brought such pleasure.  I can’t imagine living without one either

Oct 03, 2023 04:04 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week

Sep 23, 2023 06:12 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you.  Have a wonderful day.

Oct 03, 2023 04:04 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Pets can have such a calming nature for those who adopt them. It is better than a glass of wine after a long days work (ok, maybe not better than wine).

Sep 23, 2023 07:01 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

How about your pet and a glass of wine Jeffrey?  That might work for you

Oct 03, 2023 04:05 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sep 23, 2023 06:28 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Kathy!  Wow!

Oct 03, 2023 04:06 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Sep 24, 2023 06:34 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Kristin!  Enjoy your day too!

Oct 03, 2023 04:06 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I so miss my Huckleberry that we had to put down in May.

I took him on 2 walks a day, no matter the weather. I haven't taken another walk since that day.

Sep 24, 2023 06:56 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

I’m so sorry to hear about your Huckleberry, Faye.  

I’ve lost three in the past six years.  It’s always so hard.  Maybe it’s time to think of getting another.  Maybe not a puppy but older.   We’re looking for another too.  


Oct 03, 2023 04:09 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

True True True! Whiskey agrees with you!

Sep 24, 2023 07:19 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

I love picture Thomas! That is one happy dog

Oct 03, 2023 04:10 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

We recently adopted a puppy from a rescue shelter. He is high energy and has a calming effect on me.  Our older dog is beginning to show his age and is not as active as he once was.  Having dogs my entire life, I find them full of love and loyalty.

Sep 24, 2023 10:49 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

I’m so happy to hear that Leanne.  I’ve had dogs for the past 45 years and cannot imagine living without one.  You were smart to get a puppy as your dog has gotten older.  I’ve always done that too.  It somehow makes the transition a little easier at some point

Oct 03, 2023 04:12 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Have a pet or two or three is not only good for us (we have 2 dogs) but it's good for them too!  My Shitzu is 14 years old and our West Highlander Westie is 12 years old.  They are FAMILY!

Sep 24, 2023 02:51 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

You bet Diana!  It’s good all around.  They’re all family!  I like the way you think!

Oct 03, 2023 04:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and I agree but we are traveling more so we do not have pets anymore but we watch other people dogs when they go on vacation.


Sep 25, 2023 09:56 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

That’s nice Will.  That’;s understandable and you have time with them as well.  Enjoy your travels!

Oct 03, 2023 04:14 AM