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Benefits of Pets

Pets are so popular nowadays that almost every household in America has at least one pet. Domestic pets can include dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, fish and more. In past years, chickens, potbelly pigs, tarantulas and donkeys (to name just a few) have become popular choices too.

You've heard, "dogs are man's best friend." Well that may be true, but did you know that there are other less assuming animals in the world that can offer great benefits to humans?
Potbelly Pigs - Pigs are very affectionate and intelligent. They learn quickly and don't forget, and they are able to "deduce," says Nancy Shepherd, author of Potbellied Pig Parenting. When they learn a behavior, they don't "unlearn" that behavior. Pigs have hair, not fur, so shedding is not a big problem (they shed once a year). Fleas tend to leave pigs alone. And if you already have a cat, pigs and cats get along well together.
Chickens - Chickens are fairly low maintenance. Contrary to some beliefs that they are dirty animals, they're actually not very dirty or smelly if they have enough room to roam around. It's true that you won't receive that same affection from them as a dog or cat, but chickens are sociable animals and need attention from their owners. They will definitely bond with other chickens, as well as humans, so pick them up and snuggle with them once in a while.
Tarantulas - A Tarantula as a pet? Different strokes for different folks, right? And besides, what's wrong with a tarantula if you're the kind of person who's into eight-legged predatory arachnids? After all, it's what are pets do for us as far as giving us a fascinating hobby to enjoy. Tarantulas are quiet, inexpensive to maintain, and don't need a lot of space. Snuggling is not recommended.
Donkeys - Equine animals, being part of the mammal family of Equidae that include horses, zebras, asses, and miniature donkeys. More than 3 million people in the U.S. own equine animals. According to the National Miniature Donkey Association (NMDA), these animals make good pets because they are good with children.

All pets are great. They are beings that were specifically purposed by God to be companions to mankind. They don't talk back to you, they don't criticize, insult or make fun of you. They might disagree with you when you ask them to "sit," but that's usually just a small misunderstanding. Look at the major benefits that pets offer humans:

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