According to a report by Leger Marketing, “Canadians and Their Pets”, 54% of British Columbian households have at least one pet: 33% own a dog; 32% a cat; 9% another type of pet. An Ipsos-Reid study of pet ownership in Canada, “Paws and Claws”, concluded that: “For most urban pet owners, dogs and cats are no longer strictly functional animals that protect us from danger or rodents. Eight in ten of the pet owners in Paws & Claws (83%) consider their pet to be a family member.”
Given these statistics, the prevalence and importance of pets in British Columbian households is not to be taken lightly. In fact, chances are that you, the reader, have at least one family member who is furry, feathered or scaly. Chances are also, if your pets are anything like mine, that they do not fare well being left alone for any length of time, and that this is an important consideration for you when it comes to the scheduling of your activities. You may even be among those British Columbians – a few of whom I know personally – who are so passionate about their pets that they refrain, whenever possible, from participating in activities that separate them from their furry family members.
Regardless of your level of attachment to your pets, being in a position to give them more time and attention may well appeal to you. Participating in mediation using technology, in your home, allows you to do this. Not only does distance mediation allow you to attend the sessions with your pets by your side, it can also free you from the worries that go with leaving them alone. The possibility of them getting into your stash of chocolate bars included.
Photo: “Warren home alone” by Jeff Liot. All rights reserved.