And then I met him. When I needed a hand, I found his paw. When I return my home, from a stressful day at work I am warmly welcomed by sweethearts with four paws, fur and a wagging tail. I instantly forget everything and my body, mind and soul calms down. Dogs are the best friends of human and it has been proved time and over again. I own two beautiful and adorable buddies- Rocco and Orca. Whenever I am sad, stressed or tensed, I know that the best therapy comes with four legs and fur. Whosoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never owned a dog. Trust me life is much better with a dog. If I had a pound for every time my dog made me smile, I would be a millionaire. I have made a policy: If my dog doesn’t like someone, there are minimal chances that I would like them.
Dogs talk to only those who know their language-love. Researches have shown that dogs too understand what we humans say to them and the way we say it. Their brain works similar to that of a human. Lead researcher Dr Attila Andics, of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, said, “It was surprising that dogs, like people, have a clear left hemisphere dominance for processing meaningful words and that they combine word meaning and intonation to arrive at a unified representation of meaning. What makes dogs special is that they pay attention to human social signals, including speech. During speech processing, there is a well-known distribution of labour in the human brain. It is mainly the left hemisphere’s job to process word meaning, and the right hemisphere’s job to process intonation. The human brain not only separately analyses what we say and how we say it, but also integrates the two types of information, to arrive at a unified meaning. Our findings suggest that dogs can also do all that, and they use very similar brain mechanisms.”
Isn’t that so cool? Well, you will be more surprised to know that dogs help us improve out health. Surprised? I told you. “Pets often provide unconditional acceptance and love and they’re always there for you,” says Gary A. Christenson, MD, chief medical officer at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota. He added, “There is a bond and companionship that makes a big difference in mental health.” So, now that you trust me, let me tell you some amazing ways how pets improve our health.
They help lower cholesterol level: If you take your pet out for a morning and evening walk, you walk along. This can help reduce cholesterol level. A survey by the Australian National Heart Foundation revealed thatpeople who own dogs have lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
They help relieve stress: I bet that. A powerful neurochemical, oxytocin, is released when we look at our companion animal, which brings feelings of joy and brings down cortisol which is a stress hormone. Dr. Christenson says, “Animals give something to focus on instead of the negative thoughts a depressed person is prone to have. When a pet pays attention to you, they’re giving you unconditional love and acceptance.”
They help reduce blood pressure: Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo have discovered that people who own a dog have almost half the blood pressure due to stress than people who take medication for.
They help boost fitness: Jhonson, co-author ofWalk a Hound, Lose a Pound, led a study at the University of Missouri and found that comparative to people who walk with other people, the people who walk with dogs have more fitness level. Another study has proved that people who do not own a dog walk only 168 minutes per week, and people who own a dog walk 300 minutes in a week on average.
They help prevent allergies in children: Interesting, isn’t it? Jhonson say, “In the first year of life, babies who are exposed to dogs in the household are more likely not to have allergies, asthma, and fewer upper respiratory infections. If exposed at an early age to dander and allergens, we may be less reactive to them over time.” Also, kids who grow up among pets, or around farms, reportedly have stronger immune system than other children.
Now I know why am I so fit? No more secrets here. I believe there is no faith in this world that has never been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog. I bet you would agree with me on this, LOVE is a four-legged word.