Got Fat? Get Motivated! Pets can Make you Smile


"Living with animals can be a wonderful experience, especially if we choose to learn the valuable lessons animals teach through their natural enthusiasm, grace, resourcefulness, affection and forgiveness." ~ Richard H. Pitcairn

Got Fat? Get Motivated! Pets can Make you Smile

I believe that taking care of an animal can greatly benefit an individual or family.  My children and I found a dog and rescued him this summer.  He is the best thing in the world for both my children and I.  While I am still asking my son to play a more active part in taking care of the dog, taking care of a pet can teach children responsibility. A  pet also teaches us how to forgive.  It is as if they understand when they did something wrong and feel upset.  When our dog misbehaves he puts his head down or goes to hide under the table, and when he feels like he can approach us he does it slow and gentle  to let us know he is sorry.  I also love pets for their instinct, somehow, without fail, they can sense when we are hurting or in pain.  

The purpose of todays post is to discuss how animals can make people feel happy.  Have you ever heard of 'pet therapy'? According to J. Turner (2005) the definition of pet therapy is, "Animal-assisted therapy (AAT), also known as pet therapy, utilizes trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive, and emotional goals with patients." (Gale Encyclopedia). 

Certain hospitals have incorporated 'pet therapy' into their programs.  The pets generally visit the children and elderly. Generally, dogs are utilized, however, many animals can be trained. Some benefits include:

Lowers blood pressure
Petting them releases special endorphins that can reduce pain
Increases patient comfort level
Feel a positive emotional connection
Improves patients cognitive skills and communication

*Benefits were taken from the Gale Encyclopedia please see link in the reference area for full information.*

In general, cuddling  and petting an animal can make anyone smile.  Pets can help make people feel important, and bring happiness into their lives. 

While all animals can make you smile, I have a special place in my heart for dogs.  Dogs give you an excellent excuse to walk EVERYDAY!  You can also "run" with them.  Both you and your pet will benefit from the exercise!   

If you currently have a dog, there is NO EXCUSE for you not to take a daily walk! I DO!   

Have a great weekend! 

Stay Determined,
~ D 
 References: Turner, Judith. "Pet Therapy." Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine.    2005. Encyclopedia.com. (October 28, 2011). http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3435100607.html

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