Our Pets Take Us Outdoors

There are many reasons to be thankful for the pets that have become our best friends today. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020, many people found comfort in their companion animals as they were quarantined. However, pets have also inspired their owners to go outside more, allowing both owner and pets to enjoy the beauties of nature. According to the article Dog ownership, the natural outdoor environment and health: a cross-sectional study, “dog walking has been identified as a simple way of promoting physical activity”. However, it’s not just dogs, other companion animals have inspired their owners to go out and explore nature more. For instance, in the article, Bird Medicine And Surgery, bird owners can”use their outside time as your excuse to sit down alongside them, and make time to read that magazine or book”(David J). Many owners such as bird owners are encouraged to take their pets outdoors to enjoy the beauties of nature along with their companions while doing a fun hobby such as reading. There are many students who are able to emphasize more on how their companions have encouraged them to enjoy the outdoors more!

“I love my dog because when I’m having a bad day I know my dog will love me and bring me joy. My dog inspires me to go outside every day because their love for the outdoors reminds me that I should appreciate the sunny days more.”

Cat Hanson

“Our cat loves the outdoors and inspires us to take her on walks and see the world through her eyes.”

Dana Flitman and her sister

“I love my dog because he always calms me down when I’m stressed, he also forces me to go outside to play fetch with him and it allows me to get some fresh air!”

Julia Foster

“Our bird was adopted and feels at home in the outdoors, we take her outside at the tree in front of my house in the summers so she’ll be happy. She inspires us to spend some time outside with her during the warm days”


Typically, people think of dogs as the only furry friend that inspires owners to go outside. However, all companion animals have a beneficial influence on their owners. Both owner and pet enjoy the outdoors together!


Zijlema, Wilma L et al. “Dog ownership, the natural outdoor environment and health: a cross-sectional study.” BMJ open vol. 9,5 e023000. 27 May. 2019, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023000

“Taking Your Pet Birds Outside.” BirdMedicineAndSurgery.com, https://www.birdmedicineandsurgery.com/outside.php.

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