There have been a number of studies lately showing that having a dog is good for your heart. The presence of a dog can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, as well as causing your body to relax. Studies have shown that dogs help people in a variety of situations from young people testifying in court to the elderly living in nursing homes. I’ve seen first hand the effects that our dogs can have on other people.
As a person who has been sick this week, I have had a new appreciation for their calming effects. On one hand, I am aware of the effects that they have, but when you live with them all the time, you take some things for granted. This week, when I was so miserable and exhausted, it was nice to have Bunny sleeping beside me with one eye open and a paw on my arm. Flattery did her part by keeping me company while I was awake and Morgan did her part by scaring off a couple of solicitors who came to the door and wouldn’t go away.
I think we all have times when we see our dogs have that magical effect on a stranger. It’s less often that we appreciate how heart healthy they are for us on a regular basis. I wonder if one day we’ll see doctors prescribing a healthy dose of puppy love to help cure what ails us.