At The Gardens in Richmond, VA we are pet friendly, but did you know that pets can actually help you heal? Research shows that pets can provide physical health benefits and keep you emotionally healthy.
Not only do pets keep you connected to the world, they keep you connected to other pet people. While walking a pet obviously provides exercise, it has been determined that it is better exercise than walking alone. Pets keep you social. Think of all the conversations that start out on your walks with your dog that would not have otherwise begun. Pets offer a chance to meet people, to make friends.
But, beyond being a pet, service dogs offer an even additional support system. In addition to seeing and hearing dogs, people with other handicaps can benefit. Those with pets are approached more often for conversation than those who are alone.
Therefore, blind and wheelchair-bound kids with dogs get approached in public just for social interaction significantly more so than those without dogs. Even Alzheimer’s patients have been shown to be more responsive when dogs are around.
If you are moving to a new area, wondering how to make friends, get a pet. Be sure though that when you are looking for an apartment in Richmond, VA that the apartment home community is pet friendly.