It’s her birthday afterall. Well, I don’t really know if today is her birthday per se–that’s the way it goes with pound puppies–but it’s close.
I found her on Petfinder four years ago and caught a red-eye flight to Oklahoma to pick her up. She and 50 other collies and Berners had just been rescued from a puppy mill.
A volunteer brought her to the airport, I put her in my under-seat carrier, and we quickly boarded the plane. She was eight weeks old, and it was her first time away from her mom.
That’s why I don’t blame her for backing her rear against the carrier gate and letting loose.
lower blood pressure
fewer stress hormones
more calming hormones
lower risk of depression
reduced muscle tension
lower pulse rate
And for children like Szaba, pets help:
lower the risk of allergies
lower the risk of asthma
provide comfort of structure and routine
nurture compassion and empathy
give a sense of security
stimulate mental and physical development
boost imagination and curiosity
So here’s to you, Pavlov, and for all the pets out there who make our lives healthier, longer, and happier.
You get some some extra tricks and treats today.
Sue’s dog Hunter eased her chills after chemo by draping her big coon-dog body over Sue like a blanket. Can you remember a time when a pet seemed to know exactly what you needed?