On this Feast of St. Francis, "Faith, Hope, and Love," the blog of CatholicMatch.com, offers an interesting look at single, Catholic pet owners. From a member survey, CatholicMatch.com learned that 62 percent of single Catholics own a pet, and Christina Ries, the blog's editor, says that this statistic, while perhaps not surprising, is significant. "We believe pets play a special role in the lives of singles and their bonds have fascinating emotional and spiritual undertones," she said.
Their series includes:
A divorced New Yorker's reflection on the rescue dog that rescued her.
A Wisconsin widow introduces the 113-pound labradoodle that failed obedience class, chewed her tennis balls and healed her broken heart.
There are plenty of jokes about the fear of becoming a "crazy, old cat lady," but as these essays demonstrate, for many people, pets can provide more than just punchlines. Regardless of your marital status, have pets helped you to heal in some way?