Puppy Love and your Health

Jasmine

This is my dog Jasmine.  She has been with me for nearly 12 years and needless to say I love her very much.  I have another dog named Beatrice who has been with me for 8 years   I cannot tell you the hours of amusement these two have brought me .   They are half-sisters.  They are from two separate litters of the same pure Boston Terrier mom.   Jasmine has a wolf chow in her genes.

Beatrice

The following is a summary of a very good article by Sarah Grace Mccandless.

The top 5 Health Benefits of owning a pet:

  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison pediatrician James E. Gern has conducted a number of studies that demonstrate having a pet in the home can actually lower a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent.
  2. One of the fringe benefits of taking on the responsibility of pet ownership is that animals can be an instant icebreaker, whether they’re with you or you’re just using them as a topic of conversation.
  3. Many pet owners would agree that a pet can fill your heart with love. So maybe it’s only fitting that the presence of a pet can help improve the overall health of that organ, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets. The findings showed that pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels — all of which can ultimately minimize their risk for having a heart attack.
  4. Dogs can act as the perfect personal trainer, if only because most of them need to be walked several times a day.
  5. Pets are a great way to beat the blues. Not only are they known to  offer unconditional love, but they may also give their owners a sense of purpose, which can be crucial for those feeling down in the dumps. Pets also combat feelings of loneliness by providing companionship, which can boost your overall mood and even bring you feelings of joy and happiness.

Here is the link to the full article:

Top 5 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

 

For Dog Lovers-  this is an Amazon best-seller:

A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans

 

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