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Five Reasons Why Pet Ownership is Good for Your Health
http://www.gomestic.com/Pets/Five-Reasons-Why-Pet-Ownership-is-Good-for-Your-Health.54027 ^ | Dec 03 07 | lanne

Posted on 12/03/2007 8:58:24 PM PST by lanne1

Anyone who has ever owned a pet can will you that it has made their lives happier. Now, recent studies are showing that pet owners are not only happier, but healthier as well.

http://www.gomestic.com/Pets/Five-Reasons-Why-Pet-Ownership-is-Good-for-Your-Health.54027

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1 posted on 12/03/2007 8:58:25 PM PST by lanne1
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i dont have animals. my parents do. two dogs named leo (a chow mutt), and sidney (a german shepherd/black lab mix). personally, if i had two dogs, i would name them “rommel” and “napoleon”, but thats just me. woof!


2 posted on 12/03/2007 9:07:51 PM PST by robomatik
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Pets help our immune system: For years we heard that children brought up with pets in the home were more likely to have allergies or asthma. However, further studies show that children raised with animals actually build stronger immune systems than those without pets in the home.

True. It's been discovered that ingesting dirt helps train your immune system to deal with a broader variety of insults. Keeping your kids in a hygienic environment is actually bad for them. I guess pets are a good substitute (or source) for dirt.

3 posted on 12/03/2007 9:11:21 PM PST by AZLiberty (President Fred -- I like the sound of it.)
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4 posted on 12/03/2007 9:12:05 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Bush is destroying the solar system:The ice caps on Mars are shrinking too." --Right_Wing_Madman)
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I love my kitty cats. They amaze me everyday. They are so smart. They know what time we will come home and let them in. They know when I am fixing to bathe them and they go and hide. They can kick a dogs ass with a swipe to their nose...hehehe
5 posted on 12/03/2007 9:20:00 PM PST by meanie monster
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To: lanne1
I have eleven dogs and a bird and I'm hardly ever sick. Can't remember the last time as a matter of fact. This stuff works.
6 posted on 12/03/2007 9:22:05 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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7 posted on 12/03/2007 9:23:10 PM PST by meanie monster
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We have four grandsons. Three with no pets, in fact they are hardly allowed to get dirty outside. We never have a conversation with our son or DIL that somebody isn’t ill in some way or another. The son and DIL with one child also have two dogs and that child is never ill. He is also allowed to play outside, get dirty and act like a regular little boy. There is genuine merit in the immune system claim.


8 posted on 12/03/2007 9:25:44 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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I don’t own a dog. There is a blue healer in my neighborhood who comes to my door a lot and comes in for a snack and a nap. It is the only dog my cats like. Also my 2 cats are the only cats she likes as well. Cause she chases all the others around here up a tree, lol..

It’s weird but it seems they all know to respect each other. The dog came by today and slept right next to my 2 kitties. Wish I had taken a pic.


9 posted on 12/03/2007 9:29:54 PM PST by meanie monster
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Yep, animals work things out amongst themselves sometimes. Many years ago there was a Great Dane in neighborhood that did exactly what the healer does in your house, only he napped with my dogs because I don’t have cats. My dogs won’t allow cats.


10 posted on 12/03/2007 9:43:13 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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I think I should be healthier. ;) We have 4 dogs and 2 cats. Basically 5 of the 6 were rescued. They might drive me nuts, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world.


11 posted on 12/04/2007 12:26:50 AM PST by Pinkbell (Duncan Hunter 2008 - Protecting and Restoring America)
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When I get to look at Lainey's little face I'm reminded how much good and cuteness there is in life.


12 posted on 12/04/2007 6:45:22 AM PST by MotleyGirl70 (We donít have borders, we have swiss cheese lines.~~~Go Packers!~~~)
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To: lanne1

My cat makes me laugh or smile everyday. She’s a one cat comedy club.

I’ve had many dogs and cats for pets. Animals have many lessons to give us.

I don’t think my parents were ever without a dog or dogs from the time I was about 10 years old until they passed away. Most of the various dogs and cats were rescued from the streets, etc.

The animals knew a soft touch the moment they spied mom and dad. “Looks like food and a nice safe, soft place to sleep. Let’s go guys”.


13 posted on 12/04/2007 7:10:12 AM PST by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Your Lainey looks a lot like my Miss Finch. If she is as sweet as Miss Finch you have yourself one fabulous kitty!


14 posted on 12/04/2007 10:21:56 AM PST by rhetorica
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I remember when my nephew was young, his mother grabbed him up everytime he got a speck of dirt on him and washed it off. He wasn’t allowed to get dirty and he was always sick. My mama told my sister in law to let the kid get dirty for pete’s sake. Once she eased up on him, he didn’t get sick like he used to. Mama was pretty smart.


15 posted on 12/04/2007 10:55:01 AM PST by moonpie57 (Fred Howell McMurray, Jr. The man on my POW bracelet.)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Awwww, does your kitty like to play with plastic bags? Mine love them. I put a big pile of them on the floor and they go nuts. lol


16 posted on 12/04/2007 11:21:39 AM PST by meanie monster
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Here is my tom cat right after he got hit by a car and lost his hind leg. He is one expensive free cat.
17 posted on 12/04/2007 11:38:55 AM PST by meanie monster
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To: lanne1
That may be all well and true, but Pugs With Guns are baaad for your health.

PS - I love my Pug and would not trade the world to see how she loves on my 18 mo. daughter.

18 posted on 12/04/2007 3:00:10 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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Pets are the one thing that dont care how much money you have, or what kind of day you had because they love you no matter what.
My cat is waiting for me in the hallway in the morning when I wake up. And when I go to bed, she is there on the couch watching me go to bed.
I would like to get another cat to keep her company, but I am not sure how she would handle the new one.


19 posted on 12/04/2007 3:46:47 PM PST by Yorlik803 ( Please dont drag your filth into my swamp...........)
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To: lanne1

I have a cat that drives me crazy. I should have just got a pig.


20 posted on 12/04/2007 4:10:25 PM PST by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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