With the anxiety of the coronavirus weighing on the world, it is no surprise that animals are bringing more cheer to people than chocolate and wine combined. Okay, I don’t have any data that actually show that, but I’m a chocoholic with a broad circle of wine-loving friends and we all believe it to be true.

Even if the opinion of my social circle is not enough to convince you, there really is plenty of evidence to suggest that our pets do a lot to make us feel better in all kinds of ways. Some of the many ways that dogs and other pets feed our need for love and connection is discussed in a recent article in The Guardian titled ‘dogs have a magic effect’: how pets can improve our mental health. Though we humans must maintain our social distance, we can all give each other a virtual high five to celebrate the title. It gives dogs special status among the pets who offer a salve…

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