Be Kind To Animals Week or National Pet Week -- May 1-7 or the first week in May.

According to Ladies' Home Journal, 80% of dog owners and 63% of cat owners buy gifts for their pets. 9% of dog owners and 5% of cat owners throw birthday bashes for their pets, too.

Pets are better company than our mates, a survey reveals. Insurance Group Direct Line questioned 1,001 cat and dog owners who laid out some air-raising truths: 

  • Nine out of 10 animal lovers say that after a bad day, their pets make them feel like a million bucks. 
  • 86 percent of respondents say Fluffy or Rover helps relieve their stress and tension. 
  • 45 percent of women would rather be with their four-legged friends than hubbies or boyfriends. 
  • 30 percent of guys like their fuzzy pals better than their wives or girlfriends. Docs say our animal friends may even help us to live longer by lowering blood pressure. 

The kind of pet you choose can be a direct reflection on the type of person you really are. "There's a powerful connection between people and their pets what's truly beneficial," says psychologist Marion Steinberg. "Research has shown you'll live a longer, happier life if you open your heart to anything from a dog to a parrot." Steinberg says the latest study proves the animals you choose to love actually highlights your personal traits. So what does your favorite pet say about you? Choose the one you like the best and discover more about yourself.

Fun-loving and adventurous, folks in your inner circle know you'll try anything once. The trouble is, you don't always plan ahead to avoid catastrophe. If you curb your impatience, you'll land on your feet more often than not.

Just like the feline, you're picky about who you lavish your affection on. You're a natural-born leader who's not afraid to stand up for your rights and take charge of a situation. That's fine because your co-workers respect your ideas.

You're a straight shooter, and your pals often ask for your clear-eyed advice and thoughtful observations. A loyal and true friend, you never betray a confidence. Best of all, when you give your friendship, it's for life.

You're a creative person who appreciates beauty in all its forms. Friends and family love your generous spirit and unselfish approach to life. You're also perceptive and observant -- a person who's always in the know.

Gerbils/Guinea Pigs
Loved ones are sometimes confused by your behavior. You can be shy and standoffish or outgoing and full of spunk, depending on your mood. But despite the ups and downs, you're a popular and well-loved person.

Pot-belly pigs
You're intelligent, funny and affectionate. Life is something to be enjoyed to the fullest. But although your friends are the center of your life, you may have a commitment phobia when it comes to love.

These indicate you're a shy yet curious nature, ready for anything.


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