The Joys of Owning a DogPublished November 12, 2008
I get a kick out of watching our neighbor's child playing with his dog. Appearing to be joined at the hip, these two are inseparable. The engaging sounds of laughter waft their way across the street to my eager ears.
Timmy, four years-of-age, not only has a best friend with whom to play from whom he receives an abundance of unconditional love, but is also learning to respect and value a relationship with a pet. As a youngster, he is indeed fortunate to have a first-hand experience with the special gifts that only a close relationship with a dog can provide.
There are many reasons that dogs are referred to as "man's best friend.” which go way beyond the enjoyment we receive by their adorable antics and fun-loving personalities. As loyal companions, they will guard us fiercely when needed, and contribute to our well being. Dogs instinctively sense danger so owners generally feel safer with their canine "early warning" system in place. Due to their territorial nature, they are able to warn owners of potential danger, and protect us.
Research has demonstrated that hanging out with a beloved canine companion may lower blood pressure by decreasing our tension and stress. Dog owners are far more likely to get off that couch to get that much needed exercise by walking their dogs tossing that ball for them to chase, grooming and feeding them, and other related daily dog- care activities.
It is indeed difficult to feel lonely in the company of a dog. They seem to sense our mood. It is not uncommon for a dog to "reach out" to us when we are feeling "blue." Nursing homes are increasingly m inviting dogs into their facilities as they are recognize the therapeutic value that a dog can provide for residents.
Studies show that elderly people tend to live longer when owning a dog with whom to share their hearts and homes. The use of "therapy" dogs in partnership with psychotherapists is becoming more of a common practice as dogs often are far less threatening than humans to some patients.
This facilitates the ease of sharing their innermost secrets. Dogs significantly increase the well-being of individuals recovering from trauma and depression, heart attacks and other life-threatening illnesses.
Being in the company of a canine also gives us the opportunity to laugh more. It is indeed difficult to remain in a bad mood when a pet dog rolls on his back, demanding a belly rub, or nuzzles us with their wet sloppy doggie kisses. Dogs are great ambassadors in making new friends, when we are out on a walk with our canine pal. Dogs are even described in some circles as "chick magnets."
But as far as Timmy is concerned, all he knows is that there is something magical and wondrous in his relationship with his dog that gives him so much pleasure. You’ll catch my drift as you watch this heart-warming video uploaded to YouTube by Dream Welder which highlights the bond between a boy and his dog.
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