Monday, June 29, 2009

Healthy Monday: A Letter and The Benefits of Pet Ownership

A Letter

Attention furry little friends:

There are about six to eight million of you sitting in animal shelters right now. And about three to four million of you will be euthanized before the end of the year. "What was my crime?" you ask. Oh, nothing much. Perhaps you were too active and simply needed to be walked twice a day. It's possible you were abused and in fear of a heavy swat on the head, you bear your teeth and bark madly in self defense when any human comes near. Maybe you were born in a puppy mill, which the government fortunately closed down, but now you await in a small cage for the love of your life, such as a wide eyed child or a sweet, young couple to come take you away and give you a rub on the belly every afternoon.

Life has dealt you a sad hand my friend. However, the game may not be over yet for you. You have so much to offer and you ask for so little in return. For instance, many humans do not know that the very act of petting an animal can lower blood pressure and induce relaxation. (1) Your unconditional love aids in helping us deal with life's challenges and unexpected changes. And for all you dogs out there, your excited eyes convince us to enjoy a bit of physical activity and take you for a walk or go to the park.

I promise to spread the word about your plight and encourage others to visit their local humane society or rescue organization. If they have the internet, they can easily visit or to get their very own one of you. Until then my furry little friends, try to make the best of it and be strong. Remember, there is someone out there who will love you just as much as you love them.

photo credit: Amy Carroll found via Pearls Events

1. Furry Friends can Aid Your Health


Aletha | Pearls Events said...

Awe, Pixel is way too cute here :)

Mouse said...

AAAHHH I want a little doggie so much. Our landlady won't let us. Dammit!

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