The Benefits of Owning a Dog

For most of us, as dog owners and lovers, we know there are a great many benefits to owning a dog. Or in my case, being owned by two dogs! 😀

Came across this great acticle that talks about the benefits og owning a dog with a touch of ‘God’ thrown in. Thanks Crosswalk.com!

 

Whazzup Dog????

A flurry of studies have crossed my path recently about the benefits of owning a dog. Writer Elizabeth Scott from about.com compiled some recent studies outlining the benefits of having a dog around around the domicile. Here are some highlights.

  • Pets Control Blood Pressure Better Than Drugs: Yes, it’s true. While ACE inhibiting drugs can generally reduce blood pressure, they aren’t as effective on controlling spikes in blood pressure due to stress and tension. However, in a study, groups of hypertensive New York stockbrokers who got dogs were found to have lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who didn’t get pets.
  • Pets Stave Off Loneliness and Provide Unconditional Love: Pets can be there for you in ways that people can’t. They can offer love and companionship, and can also enjoy comfortable silences, keep secrets and are excellent snugglers. And they could be the best antidote to loneliness. In fact, research shows that nursing home residents reported less loneliness when visited by dogs than when they spent time with other people!
  • Pets Can Reduce Stress—Sometimes More Than People: While we all know the power of talking about your problems with a good friend who’s also a good listener, recent research shows that spending time with a pet may be even better! Recent research shows that, when conducting a task that’s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or even their spouse was present!

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Posted this story a couple of days ago (Read full story). Just wanted to post an update, don’t have all the details; the car was found but unfortunately, Teddi Sue, the 4 mo old puppy, was not with the car.

D’Ann, Teddi Sue’s ‘mom’ is just heartbroken! Since her car was stolen on 4/16, she has been stranded in Auburn, WA; no car, no possessions (they we all in the vehicle), no money. Her only wish has been to have her baby back.

So please, if you are in the Auburn, WA area, do anything you can to help! The Dogster community has been doing everything it can, sending out fliers, contacting shelters and vets, contacting law & public officials, getting in touch with news services…. all to no avail. No one seems to care very much. 🙁Teddi sue

Here’s Teddi Sue’s picture again. She is a 4 mo old Chihuahua/Minature Pinscher mix puppy. She is just a tiny little girl and her mom is terribly worried and misses her very much!

Please, get the word out… email friends and family, repost this to your blogs, anything you can think of!!! Help to get this little girl home!!!

Owner Rescues Dog from Drowning

We often hear stories about dogs saving the lives of people and of course us dog and animal loves do everything we can to make our baby’s lives the best they can be but I just love stories like this, mans saves dog from drowning.

From KVUE.com, here’s the story

Owner rescues drowning dog, then performs CPR

Vet says man’s quick action probably helped save animal’s life

08:14 AM CDT on Friday, April 20, 2007

By JOANNA CATTANACH / The Dallas Morning News
jcattanach@dallasnews.com

Sam loves the water, but on Sunday it almost killed him.

VERNON BRYANT/DMN

Sam, a 6-year-old Labrador retriever, nearly drowned before his owner, Devin Thomas of Frisco, pulled him from the swimming pool.

The 6-year-old Labrador retriever nearly drowned in a swimming pool before his owner, Devin Thomas of Frisco, pulled him from the water.

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This is a list issued by the FDA, updated as of 4/16/07, of all the recalled dog food products.
Dog Food Recalls
Americas Choice, Preferred Pet
Authority
Award
Best Choice
Big Bet
Big Red
Bloom
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Canine Carnival

Now here’s a fun event for anyone in the Tuscon, AZ area, coming up Sunday, April 22nd!

From AZ StarNet….

Dog day afternoon

Tucson, Arizona | Published: 04.17.2007

You and your dog(s) are invited to a canine carnival from 1 to 4 p.m.  Sunday at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona Companions for Life Center, 3465 E. Kleindale Road. This is the second year that the Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue has put on the fundraiser.

Admission is $5 for one dog, $7 for two dogs and $10 for three or more dogs. People are admitted free. There will be games, raffles, contests, a flyball and dancing dog demonstration, about 25 vendors, food for sale and a disc jockey. There will be photo opportunities with your pooch, pet blessings and grooming.

The carnival is sponsored by the Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue, but all breeds are welcome.

For more information, call 271-8164.

— Valerie Vinyard

So if you’re in the Tuscon,AZ area,  this could be a great way to spend the day… tail waggin’ fun for you and your canine companion!Dog 21

‘Sit’ Can Solve Alot of Problems

Here’s a great article I came across in the South Bend Tribune, how a little training can go a long way!!

One word a powerful lesson for dog

OUR FAMILIES

LINDA LOMBARDI
For The Associated Press

Trying to teach your dog some manners?

Try getting him to learn one magic command instead: Sit.

After house training, “sit” may be the most important thing you can teach your dog. Once your dog learns that sitting earns him a treat, you hold the cure to many problems, dog trainers say.

The dog doesn’t get any of life’s rewards unless she sits first,” said Mary Sullivan, a professional dog trainer in Silver Spring, Md. “Ask for a sit before putting on a leash for a walk, opening the back door, or putting down the food bowl.”

Once you’ve gotten the hang of this, you’ll begin to see that many undesirable behaviors persist because you’re inadvertently rewarding them.
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This story comes from Edmonton, Canada, a tiny little Yorkie was save from a horrible fate by an observant waste services employee. It saddens me to come across so many of these kinds of stories everyday, and for everyone that is told, just imagine how many are not. Just imagine how many poor dogs are as lucky as this little pooch… far, far too many!

From the Edmonton Journal

 

Dog saved from trash can

Mike Sadava, edmontonjournal.com
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2007

EDMONTON — A garbage collector got a shock when he lifted the bags from a trash can Wednesday morning and found a Yorkshire terrier that had been thrown out with the garbage.

When Barry Nismondi found the two-kilogram dog it was covered in feces, garbage and urine, and one eye was swollen shut.
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Top Dog at NASA

Yup, there’s a new top dog at NASA and her name is Aries, an adorable little Golden Retriever pup.

This story from DogChannel.com….

NASA Engineer Helps Train Guide Dog

Golden Retriever goes to work every day at NASA Research Center.

One of NASA’s newest workers is already a top dog — literally.NASA Guide Dog - Ariel

A Golden Retriever puppy named Aries goes to work every day at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., as part of the Leader Dogs for the Blind program. Her mentor is structural engineer Evan J. Horowitz.

As a child, Horowitz says, he had seen a movie character raising a guide dog and it made a huge impression: “I’ve always wanted to give like most people do. Lots of people give money to charity, but I wanted to do something a little more, something more hands on, more from my heart,” he said.
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Just came across this today on Dogster. This is the diary entry for Teddi Sue, an adorable little 4 mo Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher puppy.

My car was stolen while I was on a trip up to Washington state. My sweet little Teddi Sue was in her crate in the car. Although the car was locked and the lot has security cameras,Teddy Sue some …. person… decided to steal my car… with Teddi Sue in it. I will be staying up here in Auburn, WA, for at least a few more days, to do whatever I can to try to find my little girl. Of course we are praying that we get a call from the police at any time letting us know they have our puppy. I just have to try to keep positive thoughts, though my heart is broken and I have a deep pain all through my body. I can hardly bear the thought that Teddi Sue is out there… somewhere… wondering where I am and why I left her. I pray that she is safe and warm and fed. I pray that she isn’t afraid. A sweet little puppy just does not deserve to have this happen to her. Please help our family pray that God will look down on her and keep her happy and safe until I can hold her and give her sweet kissies again.Wherever you are, sweet baby, know that Mommy loves you and she is so very sorry.

TeddySueThe car was stolen in Auburn Washington on Mondy, April 16 2007 with Teddi Sue inside of it in her crate. The car is a white 1990 Toyota Camry with Oregon license plates.

This is a message Terri Sue’s mom sent out today.

This is D’Ann and my heart is aching terribly. Teddi Sue and I took a trip up to Washington State this past weekend, intending to be home on Monday afternoon. On Monday morning I filled my car’s gas tank, and then stopped to eat a quick breakfast before beginning the 5 hour drive back home to Eugene from Auburn, Washinton. I left Teddi Sue in my locked car, a 1990 white Toyota Camry, in her crate. I had covered the crate with a blanket so that it could not be seen if anyone were to look into my car. It was a sunny day up here, but not overly warm. I ordered my food then went out to check my little sweetie to make sure that it wasn’t getting hot in the car. I got my food and then went back to check her again before I ate. The temp. in the car was comfortable and she was content. I went in, ate my food and paid. I had last checked her no longer than 15 minutes before. When I went out to begin the 5 hour drive home to Eugene, my car, with Teddi Sue inside, was gone. The Auburn police took the report and have issued an alert to look for my car. I am totally devastated and worrying about my baby girl. The police have asked me to remain here in Auburn for the next few days, because if my car, and/or Teddi Sue, are found, it will probably be within the following 2-3 days . I am doing all I can think of to get the word out and look for Teddi Sue. I will let you know, or phone a pal to let you know (if I don’t have computer access) if I find out anything about my darling little girl. Please, please, please pray for my Teddi to come back to me. Thank you. – Mommy D’Ann

Please, if you are in the Auburn, WA area, keep a look out for the car and the puppy. Get the word out anyway you can…. by mouth, repost this…. . If you know anything or have any information, contact the Auburn police immediately!

City of Auburn, WA Police Dept Webiste

Phone # 253-931-3080

Dogs Short Life – A Triumph to Compassion

This is a sad story but it also shows how one dog, a pitbull at that, touched the hearts of so many even in the short time that he had. Triumph was a hero in my book because even with all that he suffered, he still taught people the meaning of compassion as he looked up with his beautiful soulful eyes and just asked to be loved. He didn’t growl, he didn’t bite, he didn’t give in to the inhuman cruelties visited upon him… he just asked to be loved…

From the Noblesville Daily times, thank you for this touching story.

Dog’s short life was a Triumph for compassion

Wednesday, 18 April 2007
By Rebecca L. Sandlin
rsandlin@noblesvilledailytimes.com

How do you write an obituary for a dog? Especially one that people knew so little about; who came into the lives of so many for just two short weeks before he lost his valiant struggle to survive.

TriumphI’m not sure I can do it without shedding a tear. But if any four-legged needs someone to deliver a eulogy on his behalf, it is an American Staffordshire terrier or, more commonly, a pit bull which was given the name Triumph by staff members of the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

When I first met the emaciated, trembling brown dog in the office of HSHC Executive Director Rebecca Stevens, he immediately came over to me and put his head in my lap and looked up at me with eyes that asked me if I please take him home and love him. I could not.

My house, which has no fence, is situated close to both a lake and a busy highway, and I would never tie up a dog outside lest it get free and get killed.

I’m sorry, sweetie, I can’t take you home, I said to Triumph as I looked into those big brown eyes and hugged him gently. Honestly, I believed he understood, and it broke my heart.

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