Ever since we got Willow I’ve been convinced that taking care of her was having good effects on my mental and physical health. The article below gives some reasons why that may be so.
Five Powerful Reasons Why Owning a Pet Could Make Your Live Longer
by Gloria-Leigh Logan
You may have heard that pets have been scientifically proven to increase your chances of living to a ripe old age. Well the rumour is true, but how exactly is it possible you may be wondering.
Well, it is said that pets are able to penetrate our outer exterior and really connect with us on a deep level where humans are unable. When you look at the facts closely it is hard to argue with.
The first reason why owning a pet could make you live longer, is that they offer you unconditional love without you ever having to ask for it. In fact, this unconditional love is available to you at any given moment, twenty-four hours a day. Next time you are with your pet, take notice of its expressions and you will see that it is full of nothing but love for you.
The second reason is that you can be yourself around your pets. You do not need to put up facades or pretend to be someone that you are not. No matter what you do, you will always have the approval of your pets. Having the freedom to be yourself eliminates the stress that you may be subjecting yourself on a daily basis while out in the real world.
The third reason is that pets offer companionship. You can come home from work to an empty house and that is exactly how it will feel – empty. But with a pet there to greet you, you have a friend by your side as you kick off your shoes and settle in for a quiet night together.
The fourth reason is that they stimulate you physically, especially dogs. You know that if you don’t take them for a walk, then chances are they go without. So you get out in the fresh air, breath deeply and move those joints and muscles as you enjoy the scenery together. There is nothing like a brisk thirty minute walk to wake up your body.
And lastly they also give you the opportunity to share your love and affection. A pet demands this kind of attention and this helps you to connect with your own emotions on many levels. Doesn’t it just feel wonderful to show a pet how much you love them, and see the heartfelt appreciation in their eyes?
Yes, pets are wonderful for you on a mental, physical and emotional level. Taking this into consideration, if you don’t own a pet yet and you are keen to live as long as you can, you might want consider getting one real soon.
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Pretty good stuff, eh? But I’m convinced that there’s a lot more going on.
There are definite health benefits to having a dog that go far beyond the simple ones of getting us fresh air and exercise. Interacting with animals has a calming effect and its just plain good for us. This is most pronounced with dogs and cats, but that may be simply because they are usually in our homes and therefore they are more a part of our lives. Whether the effects are psychic or we are sharing energy with the animals, I don’t know, but there’s something going on.
Some retirement homes have dogs that come to visit, or even live with the residents. Those that do always report significant mental and physical gains from having the dogs around. Residents with dementia are often calmed by physical contact with the dogs when nothing else works. Something about touching the dogs seems to drain the frenzy out of them.
Autism is another condition that responds well to contact with dogs. In fact, the same trainers that produce the guide dogs for the blind are training guide dogs for autistic children. For some reason these children hate to be interfered with or led by people, but they are quite happy to be led by a dog. The dogs energy doesn’t seem to be as intrusive as a person’s is. My theory is that this is because dogs are completely in the moment and honest. They have no hidden agenda and they don’t get impatient. They don’t lie. People, on the other hand, almost always have several different things going on at the same time. Even if they talk nice, underneath they are impatient. A dog, on the other hand, is simple. If he is going straight ahead its because he wants to get somewhere. There’s nothing hidden, nothing going on below the surface, so the autistic child simply follows.
There’s a lot that we don’t understand about the mind and body. I’m convinced that medicine will eventually incorporate the idea of energy exchanges. Until then, there’s no question that having a dog around can extend your life and improve the quality of whatever life you have now.
The United States House of Representatives has passed a wonderful bill called the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act.
The bill establishes a program where shelter dogs receive training from service members suffering from PTSD. The shelter dogs, once trained, will then go on to become service dogs for disabled veterans. It’s a win win situation for all involved.
“When more and more servicemen and women are returning from overseas with PTSD and other injuries, this bill will allow for our veterans to get the therapy and assistance they need and will give some worthy shelter dogs very good homes.” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. The ASPCA offers an Advocacy Brigade to help support humane legislation, such as this bill.
The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act was introduced by Rep. Grimm of New York, who is also a veteran. The bill passed unanimously. To read a more about the bill and how you can get involved with humane legislation such as this, please visit the ASPCA website.
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