Why celebrating International Pet Day is totally “Paw-some!”

As pet owners, we sure do love our animals. 

From dogs and cats to birds, fish, lizards, and other critters, over 90 million families in the U.S. alone own a pet. Wow, right? That’s a lot of cuteness! 

Luckily, International Pet Day is the purrfect opportunity to celebrate this human-animal bond. 

On April 11th 2022, My Talking Pet invites you to reciprocate all the love and affection our pets so freely give us. Whether furry, feathered, or finned, we’ve got creative ideas to help make this coming International Pet Day the best one ever! 

The Extraordinary Benefits of Having a Pet 

No doubt about it – pets make our lives 10x better. But did you know? Scientifically speaking, the mental and physical benefits of pet ownership have actually been proven by research. 

For example, pets can: 

  • Lower Stress Levels / Anxiety and Depression
    Had a bad day? Feeling blue? Studies show that spending even 5 minutes petting a dog or cat effects our brains in a positive way. Being around pets lowers blood pressure, relaxes muscle tension, and releases “feel good” hormones like oxytocin.
  • Provide Companionship
    These past 2 years have been isolating for millions of people all over the world. But thankfully, many of us had loyal pets by our side! Through thick and thin, animals offer both companionship and friendship.
  • Encourage Fitness
    Ugh…hauling your behind to the gym can be such a drag. Fortunately, animals like dogs, horses, etc. are great for exercise. Daily walks around the block burn calories, get the heart pumping, and fill your lungs with fresh air.
  • Make Us Laugh
    Next, pets should be celebrated on International Pet Day for their incredible ability to make us laugh. Those goofy faces and silly antics prove that laughter really is the best medicine.
  • Help People Socialize
    Are you shy? Feel socially awkward or anxious in big groups? No worries. A pet can help. Animals are great listeners who don’t judge. Hang out with a cat at a party or meet up with fellow puppy parents at the dog park for stress-free social interactions.
  • Teach Responsibility
    Sixth on our list, pets teach children (and adults alike) how to be responsible. Buying food. Visiting the groomer. Cleaning kitty litter. It’s all a lesson on how to take care of a fellow living creature 101.
  • Be Emotionally Rewarding
    Lastly, pets enrich our lives on an emotional level, especially if they happen to be a rescue. Saving an animal, adopting from a shelter, and giving them a safe and warm place to call home opens your heart to the infinite kindness we are all capable of deep down.

3 Fun Ways to Celebrate International Pet Day 

Now, you know why people should celebrate International Pet Day. But what about how? Below are 3 ideas. 

  1. Spend Quality Time Together
    Pets thrive on affection and attention. Block out some time today dedicated only to your four-legged friend. Snuggle on the couch. Play a game of fetch. Whatever makes them happy, do it together.
  1. Treats and Toys
    Everyone likes yummy snacks, including pets! Pick up a bag of their favorite treats. Or buy a brand-new toy for hours of entertainment.
  1. Post a My Talking Pet Video on Social Media
    Chances are, you share pet pics on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, etc. Go above and beyond on International Pet Day by posting a hilarious talking video using the My Talking Pet app! Show the world just how much you love your fur baby.

Final Thoughts 

Remember, an animal will love you unconditionally. So, on International Pet Day, return those feelings. My Talking Pet makes celebrating pets both easy and fun. Download the app today!

Wishing you a happy International Pet Day!

Hope For Paws Partnership

In recognition of International Pet day, My Talking Pet is running a special partnership with the charity Hope For Paws. We will be making a monetary donation and we need your help to make that donation even bigger!

For every My Talking Pet video that our users post between 4th April and the 18th April, we will donate $10 on top of our donation.

To take part, all you have to do is tell us what your pets mean to you (or what you mean to your pets!), upload the video to the social media channel of your choice with the hashtag #hopeforpawsmtp (this is important!) and we will donate up to an extra $3000 to Hope For Paws! You can submit as many videos as you like. The closing date for this will be 18th April so get those videos ready!

Keep an eye on our social channels for more on this nearer the time.

You can follow Hope For Paws and their amazing work on Youtube, Instagram and Facebook.