Dogs Make Us Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailedPosted by HCGH on Apr 18, 2012 in Events, Mental Health | 2 comments
Dog Ownership and Health
In a former life, I traveled up and down the east coast as a quality and compliance auditor for a health care and insurance organization. No one enjoys being audited, so more often than not, my visits were not received with the warmest welcome. After a week on the road, I always looked forward to getting home to my family and sitting on the floor to play with my three dogs: Molly, Cole and Lucy. This is how I decompress from stress.
Dog ownership is a lifetime commitment to the health and well-being of your canine companion. Over the years, I have learned that owning a dog can sometimes can be challenging, but more than anything, it’s rewarding. Aside from their cuteness and forgiving nature, dogs can positively affect the health of the owner. According to a WebMDarticle, a person’s decision to have a pet can have profound life-enhancing effects. Dogs are being used in therapy to help wounded soldiers who are returning from Iraq and battling severe stress, survivors of disasters and even college students, according to a Caesar’sWayarticle. Both articles include information that states that spending time with dogs either as an owner or during a visit can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and be instrumental in helping patients overcome trauma, grief, loss, depression, abuse and anxiety. Last, but definitely not least, dog ownership can help increase the level of physical activity that an owner does through daily walks and outside play.
Columbia Association’s Dog Day Afternoon
The Columbia Association (CA) is hosting Dog Day Afternoon, which will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 11am-2pm at Hopewell Park (9200 Rustling Leaf in Columbia). This is event is free and promises a good time for dogs, owners and the general community. Attendees will enjoy contests, music, raffles and demonstrations while meeting and getting to know local businesses and organizations that are focused on the health, happiness and wellness of your dog. There will be off-leash play and treats galore leading to lots of fun for dogs and their human companions. For more information on this event, please visit dog-day-afternoon-2012.eventbrite.comor contact Kelly Cooper at Kelly.Cooper@ColumbiaAssociation.org or 410-715-3104.
Wanna see what Dog Day Afternoon is all about? Check out this cool video about this year’s doggy event.