Autumn continues its warm hold on the landscape, unlike October 2013, and people continue to enjoy the lovely outdoors. We have to look no further than the furry friend living with us to experience better health, both emotionally and physically.
Many organizations, including the Center for Disease Control and the American Veterinary Medical Association, proclaim the numerous health benefits that pets provide people.
A few of those include:
Companion animals are exactly that – companions, and they give people unconditional love and incredible devotion as well as provide physical and emotional health benefits to those humans fortunate enough to share life with them.
For more information on this topic, visit the following websites:
October is waning but there's still time to find your special dog friend during this month's Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month. And, November brings us Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, a time to remember all the elderly animals still in need of homes. Older pets make fine companions for a number of reasons, including the fact most have some type of training (obedience, house) and “what you see is what you get” in terms of size and personality. So, consider adopting a dog or a senior pet and watch your emotional and physical health improve!
October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, a time to remember that there are many, many dogs waiting for forever homes.
On Sunday, Sept. 28, I helped rescue by transporting a dog for English Springer Spaniel Rescue of America (Rocky Mountain chapter – there are chapters across the country) to his new, although temporary home. I have served as a transporter for various dog rescue organizations for nearly six years, primarily helping Springer Rescue and Big Dogs Huge Paws (based in Colorado), but I have also transported for Black Dog Animal Rescue (based in Cheyenne, Wyo.) and I’m on the contact list for at least two other groups. I find great satisfaction in helping dogs go from neglect or other difficult situations into new homes, whether those are caring foster homes (temporary) or their loving, permanent homes.
I transported Pepsi, a springer/beagle mix, on Sunday; he had lived with the same family for more than seven years but was kept outside most of his life and the people spent very little time with him; he’s now in foster care with a friend of mine here in Casper. Last year I transported Boone, a senior beagle who found his forever home in Yellowstone Park with an middle-aged couple. And, more than four years ago, I helped Jazmine, a Great Pyrenees mix, get to her new home with a family in Calgary, Canada. Each dog has a story, and I am now a chapter in their life stories – that makes me very happy!
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Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.