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Post by UNEEK Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:07 pm

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I could probably write a book on my life with my dogs - It would be filled  with happy stories  and sad, painful ones. I have pictures galore of  different dogs in my  many years  and their puppies - what a life  of joy they have  brought to me - Many  were  rescue situations -- "They rescued ME" lol -


My most recent  rescue has been the queen of all of them - A funny saying goes  you  have to kiss a lot of toads  before getting  the  prince -- ha ha - well whatever - however y ou want to take it -- I have the queen of the ball right  now -- and my  life is blessed - She loves me and tends  to me in ways  a  dog  never has  before and she is only 2 yrs old - I have had her a yr now this month -


There was no training her  for anything -  she  was  naturally  (spiritually?) trained  just for me - she knew what to do right off the  bat - it was / is  so amazing --  I feel that all of us that  have pets and love our pets  each have a unique story to tell -- Some  of my darkest days I would have never survived without my Queen Ginger -UNEEK

 
 3 Studies Confirm the Healing Powers of Pet Ownership from Bewellbuzz.com
 
Science is finding support for what many of us have known all along: owning a pet is good for the soul… and body. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) plainly states that pets can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, cure loneliness, increase exercise and improve social life.
 
Just last month the AHA released a scientific statement backing these claims with research. Other research has shown that pet-owners with AIDS are less likely to be depressed than non-owners; that kids growing up with cats and/or dogs, perhaps surprisingly, tend to have fewer allergies and asthma, stronger immune systems, and learn greater responsibility.
 
Yet another study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology looked specifically at three different conditions to get a more fine-tuned understanding of how pets affect a person’s life. They compared pet owners to non-owners; affectionate vs. less affectionate animals; and observed the healing power of an animal friend after a rejection experience.
 
Study 1: Furry Friend vs. Furry Friendless
 
217 men and women at a local university, with mean age 31, filled out an approximately 1-hour survey. The questions were geared to determine whether the anonymous participant tended towards depression, loneliness and low self-esteem, or was open to experience, agreeable, conscientious and extroverted.
 
 The 50 who didn’t have pets were only assessed for their emotional, mental and social wellness. The others were also assessed regarding their pet relationships. If there was any significant difference between the emotional states of those with and without pets, then researchers knew they could be on to something.
 
They found roughly two categorical differences between the two groups:
 
    The 167 pet owners reported greater self-esteem, better physical fitness and less loneliness than non-owners. They were “more conscientious and extroverted…, less fearful, and less preoccupied.”
 
    Strong attachments to pets did not come at the expense of attachments with human relations. In fact, the closer a person was with their furry friend, the greater they reported “closeness to and support from their best friends, parents, and siblings.”
 
Lastly, in this segment of the research, the team looked at owners only. Those who tended to anthropomorphize, or ascribe human qualities, to their pet companion suffered more depression and claimed less happiness.
 
This could be sort of like ascribing our mean Aunt Jane’s flippancy to the cat’s independence. If we believe the animal is rejecting us in the same way as humans did in our past, then we might project human misbehavior onto them. Interestingly, even this group did not tend to claim loneliness, but mostly a sour mood.
 
Study 2: Man’s Best Friend…and Predictor of Good Health
 
In this second study, we begin with an age-old idea also backed by decades of research; namely, that excellent human social support predicts greater well-being. If my closest relations are affectionate and supportive of me, then I’m more likely to be happy and healthy. Here, they wanted to explore if the same could be said of dogs. That is, can support and affection from one’s dog predict health and happiness?
 
The answer they found: yes. If the dog was perceived as anti-social, fearful or aggressive, the benefits lagged. But where the dog behaved warmly and fulfilled social needs, the people’s well-being soared.
 
Also an important finding, the pet benefits were independent of human relations. That means that having a dog, and probably any other affectionate animal-friend, can bring fulfillment and boost wellness even when humans are letting you down.
 
Happily, as in the first study, there was a positive correlation between pet and people relations. “That is,” the authors concluded, “pets generally complement other forms of social support rather than compete with them (or serve as surrogates when other sources of social support are deficient).”
 
Most often, having a great relationship with your dog will be conducive to your social life with people. It appears that this bond strengthens self-esteem, increases happiness and promotes health.
 
Study 3: The Cure for Rejection
 
Do our animal companions have the power to help us heal from rejection, even as our best friends do? This last study brought pet-owners into the labs, where the team induced loneliness and isolation by having them write about an upsetting rejection experience. L Then they were divided into three groups. Some had to follow the depressing exercise by writing about a best friend, their closest pet, or as a control group, a map of the campus.
 
The results? Human and non-human friends fared equally in restoring cheer to the participants. According to subsequent questioning, those who drew a map left, sadly, dejected (I really hope they went home to a Fido or a Heathcliff); whereas both other groups were restored to a positive outlook and overall wellness. The team of researchers therefore called the animals “social resources,” with the potential to bring emotional healing and restoration.
 
If you’ve ever had an affectionate relationship with an animal, whether dog, cat, horse or hamster, I’d bet you could vouch for everything here and more. Scientific studies are sure nice for validation. It could be that the day is upon us when we’ll prescribe a kitten, puppy or chubby little ginny pig before risky anti-depressants. Pet therapy, anyone?
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BeWellBuzz provides important scientifically researched natural health and personal development information. Created by Larry Oz, a natural health & personal development advocate who seeks to awaken people to their highest levels of personal truth.
 
He and his wife Oksana work hard to inspire you to elevate your spirit, do more, live better, and think deeper one day at a time. Check out their website at http://www.BeWellBuzz.com  and their magazine in the Apple Newsstand located here.
 
  Sources:

(1) http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health_benefits.htm

(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21824172

(3) “Pet Ownership and Cardiovascular Risk: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association”

(4) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/health-benefits-pets-respiratory-infection-healthier-kids_n_1659424.html

(5) http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-pet-ownership-zmaz85zsie.aspx?PageId=2#axzz2WnVT7z6X

(6) Brown, McConnel. “Friends With Benefits: On the Positive Consequences of Pet Ownership.” DOI: 10.1037/a0024506

(7) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21728449

(8) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10078895

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Post by UNEEK Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:19 pm

 I would like for you to meet my very special Queen Ginger

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Post by UNEEK Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:22 pm

 ok could not help myself - just one more -  she does not mind the camera at all my friend took the one above and this one is from my iphone - a big difference - and have not figured out how to get the pic to view right side up ughhhhh - they always come out like that -- 


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Post by Ponee Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:55 pm

 I was just talking with my girls today about how wonderful pets/animals are.  And that for those who do not believe that animals have souls... you just have to look into their eyes and you can see it.
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Post by Ssmith Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:01 pm

I can't imagine life w/out a dog.  Not to mention all the other critters around here.....cattle, horses, cats, chickens.  And to think there are people who don't have a pet in their life and don't want one.  They are missing so much.  Sad!
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