What comes to your mind when you read 101? If you are a mom or grandmother than perhaps 101 Dalmations.
TIP #3 – play with your pet. Now, it’s deeper than that, so please read on.
Scientific evidence suggests that those who keep pets are likely to benefit from improvements in physical and emotional well-being. Indeed,pets seem to be particularly therapeutic for people with or at risk of heart disease. Several years ago, researchers studied patients in a coronary-care unit at a major hospital. All had experienced a heart attack or had severe chest pain. In the one -year follow up, 28% of those who did not ow pets had died, as compared with only 6% of pet owners. Critics said these findings might simply reflect an association; in other words, those who felt better had taken on the responsibility of caring for a pet. Yet even when other factors like physical health and severity of heart disease were accounted for, pet ownership remained an independent predictor of survival.
People with pets seem to handle stress better and have lower blood pressure. In addition, many behavioral scientists content that loneliness, isolation, depression and hostility -all powerful predictors of adverse health outcomes may be partially alleviated by the companionship of pets. Some experts believe this may stem from active involvement in the daily care of pets and from the unconditional love and acceptance that the animals offer their owners.
And finally, dogs in particular have a positive effect on health because of a second factors: walking them is a great exercise.
When my girls were young we were never without a pet. Sometimes two. We did not deny our girls the experience of owning all kinds of animals as pets, but by far the best pets we had were dogs. I never made a deep connection with our pets. I was so busy with responsibilities that I seldom took a moment to play with them. Awe, but kids grow up, and even when they provide you with grandkids, usually there is time when you’re not with family. With grandchildren, three daughters, a husband, and senior parents still alive I still felt lonely at times.
In comes Lucy, our beautiful rescue. And when you see bumper stickers that read, “Who rescued who?” it’s probably my car. Lucy and I get out together. We go for Starbucks, we frequent the dog parks, I invite my girls to bring their pets over for playdates. I’m happier with Lucy in my life. And those hours when my husband is at work, my girls are busy, and I’m not on the schedule to play tennis, I have no excuse not to get out of the house, even if it’s no farther than the back yard to play fetch, or just enjoy being outdoors with my Lucy.
Here is a link to DOG RESCUE locations. Type in your state and take a look at who wants to come home with you.
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