I confess. I’m a major dog lover. My husband Eric and I are the proud ‘parents’ of five German Shepherds. They are indeed a critical part of our family, partly because they play a huge role in keeping us happy and healthy.
My husband Eric and I are the proud ‘parents’ of five German Shepherds. They can be a handful, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Not only are dogs adorable and loving creatures, but owning a dog may also reduce our risk of having heart problems and stress related issues. In fact, there are many health benefits associated with owning dogs. To put it simply, dogs may help us live longer!
Women need more sleep than men. We apparently need about 30 more minutes. And there is credible research to suggest that the reason we need more sleep is because we usually multi-task and use more of our “actual brain than men leading to a greater need for sleep. Essentially, the more you use your brain during the day, the more it needs to rest while asleep,” reports the National Sleep Foundation.
Rabies is an illness most of us only imagine happening to someone in a movie, a person infected who becomes this wild, rabid creature foaming at the mouth, that everyone surrounding him must get away from as fast as possible.
I recently came across this story of one of our veterans - Chris Ellis. During his time in the Army, Ellis lost many friends in battle and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he returned home. He reported that his dog, which he got through a nonprofit called Stop Soldier Suicide, was the reason why he was able to overcome depression and suicidal thoughts.
Many baby boomers, like myself, own dogs. My husband Eric and I are the proud ‘parents’ of five German Shepherds. They have become a part of our family now that our kids are grown and left home.
According to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey, nearly 70% of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet. And my family is one of those families. In fact, we are the proud owners of five German Shepherds. They are fun animals and perform many important functions in my family, such as being mental and physical coaches.
We are in the thick of summer, and today is National Hot Dog Day! What better excuse to fire up the barbeque and enjoy one of the most classic American treats?
“People who have dogs live longer than people who have cats, and the assumption has been that dogs naturally cause their owners to be more active,” suggests Dr. Thomas Lee, Co-Editor in Chief of the Harvard Heart Letter. “The emotional benefits of having an affectionate creature are also one of the theories for why dog-lovers live longer.”
The doctor is in, and he’s furry, four-legged and eager to please. Yes, we’re talking about pets! A recent study suggests having a pet in the family may be good for your health. Researchers looked at data for adults 50 and over, who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 1988 to 1994, and who reported having a pet.
Are humans like prairie voles? Yes, according to scientists at Florida State University. Prairie voles share with humans a pair bond, or “a stable relationship between a breeding pair of animals that share common territory and parental duties.” These animals go “steady” only six hours after mating. Even without sex, they pair up after 24 hours of living together! They protect each other from strangers, and avoid mating with amorous new prairie voles. What’s more, they are together for life.
Many people own dogs, cats, and other small animals. But few people truly understand how beneficial our furry friends actually are to our overall health and wellbeing. Studies dating back to the 1980s have endorsed the positive health benefits of pet ownership.
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