Can’t Live Without Our Pets

Owning a pet has been known to reduce stress/blood pressure/heart disease, help people with depression, and there is now scientific data that sharing your life with a pet has the same social and psychological benefits as those of human friendships.  For centuries humans have looked to pets as companions, trustworthy friends, and a great source of entertainment, and that is probably why over half of the population in America owns a pet. According to a 2012 American Pet Products Association survey, 82 million homes in the US own a pet.

While dogs and cats are normally what one thinks of when discussing pets, a few Blessed Trinity students and teachers have some unique pets with interesting characteristics. Sophomore Ashley Choo-Hen just adopted a bearded dragon into her family. English teacher, Mr Paul Schumacher has a very unique cat that has a unique disorder in his legs.

According to PetFoodIndustry.com, the APPA’s 2012 survey listed pets by species: Dogs and cats are owned by 46.7 and 37.3 percent of US households, respectively. After declining in 2010, ownership of freshwater fish returned to 12 percent. Bird ownership rose slightly to 5.7 percent in 2012. Horse ownership also rebounded in 2012 to 2.3 percent after a slight drop in 2010. Small animal and reptile ownership levels increased to 5.7 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively. Saltwater fish ownership increased to 1.5 percent of the total online US population. These rises in pet ownership mean that more households than ever before own small animals, reptiles or saltwater fish.

Trinity Press student editors, Cassie F. and Emma E., have put together a colorful spread to highlight Blessed Trinity and the pets they love.