benefits of pets
May is National Pet Month, a celebration of the benefits and joy pets bring into people's lives across the United States. Countless studies have shown the benefits of having an animal companion are many, and that's especially true for seniors.
Divorce can be one of life's biggest traumas for children. At these times, pets can often be helpful to your children and the entire family.
We all know that techniques such as yoga and meditation can offer major health benefits by reducing stress. They're great. But did you know that the companionship of a dog can provide similar stress relief and other health benefits?
Although I would like to believe that my dogs are miraculous, the fact is that any dog can have this effect on people. There is something calming and centering about connecting with an animal.
In 1982, a longtime friend gave me a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy as a birthday present. I told her, gently, that it was utterly inappropriate; my life was far too unsettled. She thrust the puppy in my arms, looked me in the eye, and said, "This will help to settle you."