Okay, so some of you may or may not believe that a dog or a cat is important because perhaps you are not ‘animal people.’ However, the medical community can and will indeed present you with a number of facts stipulating that those of us that are ‘animal people’ can truly benefit from having that loving ball of fur in our lives!
Medical reports have shown that people suffering from high blood pressure do better when a dog is in their life (perhaps cats, too, but I have never read up on that specific theory). That is why many hospitals, nursing homes, Assisted Living Centers, and Dementia and Alzheimer’s facilities welcome the visit of therapy dogs. The animals are visibly effective; one can see the bright and shiny smiles that the elders have when the animal is simply in the room!
If (and when) I lose my Q-boy, I will train my next doggie to be a therapy dog for the simple fact that I could take him or her with me everywhere I went. Since I must have hypoallergenic dogs, they would most likely be welcomed into nearly every residence where I visit. It would be yet another way I could show my clients simply that With Age Comes Respect.