We've all complained about our sanity slowly starting to slip away with each passing day as the pandemic seems to have no end in sight.

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If you're being careful, you haven't really been out anywhere or done anything too exciting for almost a year now. You've been cooped up in the house, no doubt begging your higher power for some sort of normalcy to return sooner rather than later. Believe me, we all have. However, if you're someone with a furry friend at home, you've probably been spending a lot more time together than your normally would have under normal circumstances.

We all love our pets to death, right? To be completely honest, I love my dog more than I love most people. I can't speak for everyone but I can say that if it weren't for my dog, I would've lost it at some point over the last year. Apparently, I'm not alone. According to BusinessWire.com, a new survey has been conducted that proves my point. The survey was conducted by Kinship and reveals that 84% of people acknowledge that having a pet around over the last year has been beneficial to maintaining a certain level of happiness. Even more to that point, over 90% of people say their pet has brought them some comfort.

We really don't deserve our pets. We could be throwing a fit and they still want to love and protect us even at our worst moments. The unconditional love is what most people say has gotten them through some of the hardest days of the pandemic. I, for one, feel closer to my pup than I think I would have otherwise. We adopted my dog in the fall of 2019, so the pandemic is responsible for giving us so much extra time to spend with her. We've built a great relationship with our two-year-old rescue and couldn't be more grateful for her.

I, for one, don't know what my year would have looked like without her. Since there's no clear bright light to be seen yet from this pandemic tunnel, I'm happy that I'll at least have my dog by my side, come what may.

Source: BusinessWire.com

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