What Pets Can Do: Health and Healing
I was visiting a community hospital recently, waiting in line for a coffee. Across the lobby was a large, beautiful dog. As visitors and patients stopped to pet the dog and talk with the owner, you could literally see how their faces lit up with smiles and their bodies relaxed.
In the week leading up to exams at my daughter’s school, they bring in therapy dogs for the students to interact with. It helps reduce anxiety at a very stressful time for students. For many people, animals provide countless health benefits.
Cats, dogs, birds, fish, hamsters: How have animals comforted you, helped with recovery or promoted good health for you?
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@jimhd ,@contentandwell, Everyone’s stories are so sweet, I love reading them. What would life be like without a dog? Love, Judy
If I were you, I’d keep hubby and forget the dog!
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At Henry Ford Hospital, they have a therapy dog as well who roams the hospital (with a handler) greeting people and allowing patients and visitors to pet him. His name is Henry (of course) and I always look forward to seeing him! He really is a great therapist!
We have rescue cats, tho I grew up with a myriad of pets. Two of mine have a limb missing, one is 18, one has lymphoma, and one has IBD! It is such a joy to me to cater to their special needs, and they give love back in spades. Did you know that the frequency of a cats purr is healing? Both to the cat and to the doting owner?
I did not know about the purring and healing connection – but I certainly believe it’s true! Great picture
@danybegood1 Dany, I know my husband and he would not deal well with that. To him that would be me saying his feelings do not matter. I would not do that. My daughter actually wanted to get me a pet for Christmas one time, figuring that he couldn’t not let me keep it but I told her that it would only cause problems and not to.
@danybegood1 It’s not easy when you lose a beloved pet. We had to put ours down and that was one of the most difficult things I ever did. He was such a special dog. We got him for my daughter and she and I, after poring through baby name books, named him Keller which is Gaelic for “little companion” which was perfect for him.
@hopeful33250 Yep, that’s what I am doing. Sometimes I try to see if I can convince him but he took a good part of caring for our dog and he does not want that again, plus having a pet does impact traveling, not that we travel that frequently.
This is a picture of him when he was a puppy, at our lake cabin with our son who was about 12 at the time.
I’m glad to hear from someone who values their marriage relationship. A lot of people would get the dog and tell their partner to deal with it. I understand that there are situations when the love of a pet would be a much better alternative to the brokenness of a marriage. I’m with you on this one. Maybe a nice stuffed animal would be a helpful compromise. They don’t bark, have accidents, don’t chew up your brand new shoes, or make demands on your time or budget.
@contentandwell @jimhd , Hi guys, I’m so sorry you can’t get a dog. I took a chance when I got Maggie that’s for sure. But this was after watching my husband befriend and grab every kitten my daughter ever brought home. I guess I’m a dog person at heart. I figured it was my turn for me and my very own Golden. I didn’t feel I was risking this marriage too much. Love to you all, Judy