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Sunday, March 14, 2010

"PET " OF MY HEART

Pets, how we love them. They are forgiving, constantly giving us love and affection in turn. Here is the lovely Magnolia with my friend Ruriko. This dog will snuggle forever, as long as you snuggle her!
Domestic pets give us more than love. Animals also help us to have lower blood pressure and enable greater healing for patients who have had heart attacks.
Studies show that pet owners have less depression, greater self-esteem, and more social contacts. Apparently, the dog or cat can act as a social catalyst between the owner and another person. Furthermore, pet owners report being happier and having a lower stress response, which lowers blood pressure.
I know that my sweet dog makes my life happier. She is playful and joyful. I am more present when we are sharing a moment.
Here are some quotes:
An animals eyes has the power to speak a great language--Martin Buber
We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals--Immanuel Kant
My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet--Edith Wharton
A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution--Hazel Nicholson
Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes--Theophile Gautier
Dogs are not our whole lives--but they make our lives whole--Roger Caras

Have a marvelous week!
Joan

3 comments:

  1. I have often said my dogs are my social life. They have introduced me to some of the most amazing people. People I would have not met unless I had a dog. Lets hear it for our fur babies!

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  2. Love the photo of the dog and lady. I love my animals and they were both glad to see me as I arrived from your beautiful part of the world today. Yes, Florida was spectacular for the past week. The sunshine, the outragously blue water and all the great birds.
    Just wish I could have stayed another week.

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  3. I love the photo of the dog and the lady. This is a wondrful posting. I sure love my dog and so glad to learn about all the benefits of having pets. They give unconditional love and do make the owners so much more happy.

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