Feb 11

Alice & JakeyThe New York times reports something that ought not be a surprise to most pet owners – that having a pet such as a dog has enormous health benefits. One study done in Melbourne suggests that pet owners had lower cholesterol, blood pressure and heart attack risk compared with people who didn’t have pets.

The church has St. Francis to thank for the blessing of the animals, as a celebration of the creatures that God has blessed us with – as assistants who raise our quality of life in a wide variety of ways. Dogs have long helped humans to see and hear, and the leading edge of research is examining their role in “sniffing out” hypoglycemic episodes before they happen, and even in the early detection of cancer.

As a dog lover, I give thanks for dogs and pets of all persuasions.

New York Times article