Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sweet Shiloh . . .


Recently I put up some random pictures of some random dogs - but not Shiloh. Well, actually for a little while I had him up, then I wrote a new post - not about dogs- and took his picture down. Soooooo, here he is. This picture was taken on PhotoBooth, which meant I had to have my laptop there - and well, this is the best shot I got.

I recently read a little article about dogs. It was written in '05 - but, of course, is timeless. I will cut and paste here.
Man's best friend
If you want to lower your stress level, get a dog. A study presented today at a meeting of the American Heart Association in Dallas found that a 12-minute visit with a dog worked better at reducing blood pressure among older people than a visit with humans or being alone.
Kathie Cole, a nurse at the California Los Angeles Medical Center and her colleagues studied 76 heart failure patients - average age 57 - who got either a visit from a volunteer, a volunteer plus a dog, or no visit. They measured the patients' physiological responses before, during and after the visits. Anxiety dropped 24 percent for those visited by the dog and the volunteer team, but by 10 percent when the visitor was just a human. Heart pressure dropped 10 percent when the dog was present but increased 3 percent for a human-only visit. Dogs used in the study included a poodle, golden retriever and miniature schnauzer. They had to pass a behavior test and be checked by a vet before being declared good to go.
(from the Orlando Sentinel - nov. 16, ‘05)

Now I'll repeat a quote I like by Dave Barry, "You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My Gosh, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'"

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