Spending time with animals can combat loneliness, reduce stress and, quite frankly, just make you happy. They change our lives for the better.
An elderly man in Japan is experiencing the benefits of having a pet firsthand, thanks to his granddaughter.
After a trip to the hospital in 2009, Akiko DuPont’s grandfather — a once outgoing man — gradually lost interest in life and “became grumpier than ever,” she wrote in a post on Bored Panda.
That’s when the documentary photographer decided to get a cat for her grandfather, whom she refers to only as Jiji. And it changed everything.
“An extraordinary friendship gradually grew between the two,” DuPont wrote. “Who would have thought that a timid kitten would befriend a grumpy old man!”
DuPont captures their beautiful bond in her photo project, Jiji and Kinako. Whether relaxing on the couch or reading the paper, Kinako the cat is always by Jiji’s side, and it’s clear Jiji loves his feline companion dearly.
“Kinako melted Jiji’s heart,” DuPont wrote.
And they have melted ours.