Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Pets are great for your health! Start your New Year off right with a furry companion from the Seattle Humane Society

Pet owners everywhere agree that pets come with perks, and numerous studies confirm the health benefits of their unconditional love, wagging tails, and calming purrs. Just ask Terry and Dave Cockrill who adopted Lucy, a 5-year-old Beagle mix, from the Seattle Humane Society. "Since adopting Lucy (and our other dog, Sammie), we've lost 80 pounds! We all go for long daily walks. It's been a real 'win win' for all of us," say the Cockrills.

Start your New Year off right and find the perfect furry exercise companion for your lifestyle at the Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue. Visit SHS online to see the Cockrills' before and after photos!

A Few Ways Pets are Great for Your Health:

Pets Can Help Build Immunity
Contrary to popular belief, pets can help prevent allergies in children, doctors say. When children grow up around animals, they are less likely to develop allergies, asthma or eczema because they build stronger immune systems.

Furry Stress Relief
Pets are great listeners and can be a source of solace for pet owners, helping to alleviate negative emotions like anger and grief. Pets also require a routine and help to organize a person's day, which can heavily reduce stress.

Healthier Lifestyle
Apart from having an organized, stress-reduced day, pet owners also get a moderate amount of exercise. Walking your dog twice a day helps you, and your dog, stay active and healthy. Playing indoors with your cat can help you work up a sweat, too!

Lower Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
People with pets tend to have lower cholesterol. Also, interacting with pets is proven to reduce blood pressure.

Make Pet Care a Family Affair
Pets can actually bring families closer and help them to achieve healthier lifestyles together! Sharing in the care and responsibility of pet ownership can be fun and rewarding when the whole family chips in. Spend your quality family time playing with and exercising your pet together - a walk in the park is great for everyone's health!


Benny and Lily said...

we agree..its a proven fact we help humans
Snorts amd snuggles
Benny & Lily

Blair Sorrel said...

Greetings! In the aftermath of the poor Sammy's Thanksgiving Day electrocution in Seattle, please disseminate this vital public service to preclude more tragedies. Many thanks and happy safe new year!

Just so you know, I confer with Con Edison's Stray Voltage and Public Affairs Units and contribute to Wet Nose Guide and New York Dog Chat.

Blair Sorrel, Founder

Contact voltage is a chronic hidden hazard that can readily victimize an unsuspecting dog, walker, or both. No dog lover could possibly observe a more horrifying scene than witnessing his beloved pet instantaneously maimed or tragically electrocuted. When you exercise your pooch, please exercise greater prudence. Common outdoor electrical and metal fixtures may shock or even kill your vulnerable dog. And depending upon the current, the walker will be bitten and like poor Aric Roman, suffer permanently. But you can, indeed, self-protect.

Just start to adopt this simple strategy — EYEBALL THE BLOCK, AND AVOID A SHOCK. Take a few seconds and make your trajectory toward generally safer, free standing, non-conductive surfaces, ie., plastic, wood, cardboard. Intuit your dog’s cues and if it’s resistant, change directions. Work site perimeters may be live so try to elude them. If necessary, switch sides of the street or your hands when leading to skirt hazards. If you traverse the same route, you may memorize locations of potential dangers. Carry your pooch when in doubt. Consider indoor restroom products like PottyPark when external conditions are chancy or RopeNGo’s hardware-free leash and harness. And don’t rely on dog booties as a palliative as they will actually put your pet at even greater risk since the dog can’t tell you they’re leaking! To learn to more, please see StreetZaps. A safer walk is yours year round if you are willing to open to your eyes and mind to it.