It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: we don’t deserve our pets.
Yeah, we pride ourselves on being good pet parents, but let’s be honest… they’re always there for us, and they really require very little in return – compared to what they give, at least. The faucet of unconditional love is flowing 24/7 and that’s just so valuable!
Adweek editor Sammy Nickalls knows this to be true. She recently share how her cat is there for her when she needs it most, and then asked her followers for examples of how their pets are awesome little balls of loves.
what’s a big thing your pet does that makes you positive they understand/love you on a deeper level? my cat meows around mealtimes but she never does when I have a migraine; she cuddles and headboops me until I’m able to get up and feed her
— Sammy Nickalls ♀️ (@sammynickalls) February 27, 2019
the same applies with mental health stuff—when I’m depressed, she lies with me patiently and gives me love until I’m able to get up ♥️♥️ #talkingaboutit
— Sammy Nickalls ♀️ (@sammynickalls) February 28, 2019
You know what happened next. Pet owners everywhere shared their own stories with how amazing their forever friends are. And pet lovers got in on the action too.
Here are some of the best…
Somehow, they just know!
My dad died recently, and ever since, my dog Herbert has slept snuggled right up next to me every night, instead of at the end of the bed where he usually sleeps. pic.twitter.com/5tJzOXcusp
— Holly Alexander (@holly_alexander) February 28, 2019
he has learned to speak both my love language (smothering snuggles, kisses, constant hugs) and my boyfriend’s (calm quiet mellow companionship) and adjusts depending on who he is with!! pic.twitter.com/HZ7r4RAOT3
— Morgan Finkelstein (@momofink) February 28, 2019
We’re all crying now. *sniff*
When we were at the hospital waiting for the vet to put down my Theo, I was such a wreck that he came out of hiding in his carrier (he was very sick and unsocial by then) and cuddled on my lap once last time. It was his last gift to me ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fALWAeaoRT
— Alex Pinto (@alexwpinto) February 28, 2019
“I make it bettr hooman. You no worry.”
I had an ocular migraine one night and my dog Gizmo curled himself around the top of my head. pic.twitter.com/1pA1ycwCaI
— Tammy Manning (@TammyMManning) February 28, 2019
The stress relief is real.
similar when I can’t stop working and I haven’t eaten all day and I’m super stressed (lol always lately) she curls up next to my body like “hey. I’m here. Come cuddle. You can do this.” I. Love. Lights.
— How To Be Alone (by me Lane Moore) is out now (@hellolanemoore) February 28, 2019
Again, they always know!
One of my cats I got as an abandoned stray, and he was very distrustful due to his unstable kittenhood, lots of hissing and no cuddles *at all*. One night I was watching a TV show that had a very sad scene & I started crying. He jumped up on the couch and cuddle right up with me.
— Jam Today (@liddlelamzydive) February 28, 2019
Letting the master mend…
usually Levi wakes me up as early as possible for walks and pets. there was a day where I was so sick and depressed and didn’t want to move ever – he stayed next to me sleeping until 3 PM. https://t.co/Xab60y5F5L
— steph (@_moststeph) February 28, 2019
This cat can chill…
I have seizures that leave me feeling out of sorts and with a massive head ache for days. My late cat SoCo would stay by my side the entire time. She would only purr or chirp. Normally she is very vocal and meows constantly, but never right after a seizure. I miss her. https://t.co/qQb9m8HFnX
— Mohawkeye Appreciation Club President (@JustJoeyJoeyJo) February 28, 2019
The day my dad died, my 3 month old puppy picked up each one of her toys and brought them to me because they make HER happy, and then when I was still sad she licked my face and cuddled up right in my arms, no wiggles or bites. https://t.co/3RQy90Kq6l
— Maggie Williams (@pdxmaggie) February 28, 2019
So if you have a pet, give them some extra snuggles today. Because you know you’re going to get them right back. #love