Saturday, November 15, 2008

How Dogs Help People

Dog owners know the unconditional love and emotional boost their faithful companion brings into their life. If you're not a dog-lover, you're thinking "emotional boost" from a dog is crazy. I used to be one of those people, but since adopting my black lab I have been blessed with experiencing this canine love and friendship.

The Humane Society of the U.S. has an article titled How Pets Help People. It does a good job describing all the ways dogs help us, as well as listing magazines, websites and books available to help you learn more about how pets help people. is an incredible educational site that has a page titled Pets and Humans. The page includes several articles that explore some of the relationships between people and their pets, and how those relationships affect many aspects of our lives.

Doctor Dog Wins Pet Therapy Prize is a heartwarming story of one dog who "gives cuddles to people in need."

If you think you might benefit from a dog's love, stop by your local animal shelter and spend some time with a few of the pets. Take your time and make several trips. You'll know if an adoption is right for you, and which pet is right for you.

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