The day that you see a dog shelter or dog rescue and make the choice to bring a new dog home may well be the day that you save lives, the dog’s and your own! Allow me to explain. It is no mystery that countless wonderful dogs are euthanized in dog pounds and dog shelters around the country and in other nations also. When you adopt a shelter dog or rescue dog you are in reality saving a life, preventing your pet from doggy death row, inviting him into your loved ones and giving him a new lease on life. Research suggests that there are health advantages both to your own heart and overall health realized by spending some time together and even petting your dog. A recent report suggested that pet owners experience lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol than non dog owners. And pet owners have a general tendency toward improved health, suffer fewer severe health problems and may in reality recover their health after an illness faster than individuals that do not have a dog.
Dog owners have a tendency to take their dogs for leisurely walks that may offer cardiovascular and other health benefits. Along with meeting and greeting other dog people while on the walk offers a chance to socialize, and relieve daily stress for both the dog and the dog guardian also! Research shows that people that are experiencing stress might actually get more of a benefit by the companionship of the dog than from other men and women. The dog will love you unconditionally, not judge you, and always turns out to be a excellent listener. Unconditional love is a reason that dogs tend to be frequent visitors or permanent residents of nursing homes. The companionship and love of a dog gives a excellent form of treatment to staff and residents alike. Studies also show that those who suffer with HIV-AIDS are not as likely to experience depression than people who do not own a dog.
So when you adopt a rescue dog, you might be providing a support system to your own health also, both physiologically and emotionally. It is important to take the time and save the dog that is ideal for you, your family and your lifestyle. We have Chihuahuas and love them more than anybody who’s not a dog parent could surmise. But we live in a quiet suburban setting. If you live in a rural community and have a good deal of open spaces a huge dog like a Labrador might be the right choice for you. So give some thought to your lifestyle and what lifestyle you will provide to your new adopted dog. If you make the decision and bring you new dog house, the two of you might well be started down the street of unconditional love and great health! So you may say that dog shelter may save your life!