May 6th, 2013
http://research.vet.upenn.edu/Portals/36/media/Animal%20Assited%20Interventions%20in%20Mental%20Health.pdf The Special Bond with A Man’s Best Friend
“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, and a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.” ― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog People have plenty of flaws, but your dog would not consider replacing you. A dog like Marley is certainly much to handle but in life, what is easy to manage with? The simplest things should be appreciated. Those small things actually teach us a valuable lesson in the long run, just like Marley taught Grogan living each day uncontrolled with enthusiasm and joy. Even as you grow older more and more every day, believe in staying confident and strong throughout all your struggles. Along with loyalty there is friendship, which I believe is one of the best things you can have in life. The widespread ownership of pets among people of various ages and the effort and money spent on behalf of pets suggests that a majority of owners derive a significant benefit from their companionship. For families with growing children, pets can be part of the social support system and provide opportunities to educate children and for them to experience nurturance. For people in their later years, pet ownership may be more difficult than for younger people because of financial, physical, transportation and housing limitations or restrictions. If definite benefits to older people arise from companionship with an...