We’ve all read news articles about animal extinction and most of us truly understand the struggle many species face. Their habitats are being destroyed, food sources depleted and they’re going through an uphill battle simply to survive, never mind increase in numbers.
As such, there are organisations around the world doing their utmost to help ensure animals don’t become extinct. Continually trying to conserve and grow population numbers, it’s something that the majority of us see as a positive.
As a recognised nation of animal lovers, it goes without saying that there is almost nothing that we wouldn’t do for our beloved pets. Pampering is taken to a whole new level by some people who will go to any lengths, doing whatever it takes to ensure their baby has only the best of everything.
To many people, these animals are so much more than pets, they are also constant companions, and as such are deemed worthy of the appreciation. They are possibly loved and cherishedby some, as much as any child would be, and treated accordingly.
When it comes to keeping animals as pets, we as a nation are right up there with the best of them. Recent figures suggest that around 13 million households have them, that is heading towards half of the population.
Apparently, although it is often said that a dog is a mans best friend, it would appear that more people have a preference for keeping fish. In indoor tanks, and outside ponds, they are by a long way the most popular choice.
At some point in time, many of us as pet owners require the services of a company to help us move our beloved animals from one place to another.
Sometimes it’s purely to the vets around the corner, whilst other times it’s across the planet as we choose to relocate to another part of the globe.
As anyone who has a pet will tell you, no matter how much you love and adore them, they can at times prove to be a little ‘inconvenient’; troublesome to your own daily living, perhaps.
This is not in the sense that they may have an accident on the kitchen floor during the night or that they need to go out walking more than you’d like – these things are simply part of the job of owning a pet.
We all want our furry, feathered and fishy friends to stay healthy and happy for years to come. And while we’re sure the majority of our readers do whatever they can to keep their pets safe, unwanted incidents can always happen.
Unfortunately, not all pet owners fully realise the responsibilities they are taking on when they get a pet. You really have to change many aspects of your lifestyle to accommodate, whether it means making sure your dog exercises regularly, or keeping choking hazards out of reach of agile felines.
No matter how careful you are though, accidents and emergencies can happen, and pets can always fall ill for one reason or another.
Two alpacas in a field
The idea of living off the land appeals to many people. With more people than ever living in cities, it can be hard to get in touch with nature – and with all the confusion and uncertainty of the modern world, it can be difficult to escape the rat race and get the peace and independence that some of us crave.
Some people want nothing more than to decrease their dependence on supermarkets and unethical consumption and instead strive to live off the land. This is often easier said than done however, as so many of us don’t have the outdoor garden space to grow or cultivate much of anything at all.
Growing herbs and vegetables is all well and good, but many would prefer to keep animals, for pleasure and company as well as for their products such as eggs and milk. Keeping a cow in your garden might sound slightly ridiculous, but if you have room for it and the ability to take care of it, it can actually be a fantastic experience – as long as the neighbours don’t object! (The 70s sitcom The Good Life comes to mind!)