An incredible Benefit of Owning a Dog!
When Rover happily wags his tail and sloppily licks your hand in greeting when you arrive home, he may do more than make you smile with delight. He may also help you to live longer by improving your heart health, according to the American Heart Association, which has dubbed the effect "Rover Rx". The American Heart Association may call it the "Rover Rx". But we're not naming our dogs Rover.
That's the word from Veterinary Pet Insurance Company, which annually sorts through its database of nearly a half-million insured pets to determine the year's most popular names for dogs and cats.
The faithfulness of man's best friend led many in the past to consider Fido the ideal name for a dog. Now pet owners are more likely to name their dog Frank than Fido. In fact, some of the most popular dog and cat names... Bella, Chloe and Sophie... also rank among the Social Security Administration's most popular baby names. In the 2013 list, only 11 dogs barked to "Fido" and just 65 cats purred to "Fluffy".
Butch has some pointers on what to name your dog... call him at (863) 439-1573.
"The popularity of people names doubling as pet names is a testament to the bigger trend of pet owners viewing their pets as members of the family," said Curtis Steinhoff, director of corporate communications at VPI. "It's now just as common for a pet to be named 'Oliver' or 'Chloe' as it is for a child."
People who own dogs appear to have a lessened risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Why? Your dog will get you walking... even if you don't want to. Walking reaps huge benefits, including lower blood pressure, increased mood-related brain chemicals, lower cholesterol, healthier weight, and improved stress response.
The AHA reached this conclusion after examining several studies that looked at pet ownership and heart health, including a study of more than 5,200 adults that found that dog owners were more likely to do more walking and get more physical activity than those without dogs. In addition, dog owners were 54 percent more likely to get the recommended amount of physical activity.
While it can't be proven that owning a pet directly reduces heart disease risk, there does appear to be an association between the two. Dogs not only make you get out and walk no matter the weather, but also provide a loving presence that can lower stress and anxiety, assuage loneliness and increase your sense of well-being and self-esteem.
The AHA statement was published online in the Journal Circulation.
Wait... what? Scientists may have proven that your dog actually knows what you're thinking.*
*From the Editors of Netscape-- http://webcenters.netscape.compuserve.com