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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Guest Post: More on The Healing Power of Animals

From Shirley Scott of www.animaltalkhealing.com:


Last month I talked about the lessons animals can teach us. When I was down in Yuma a couple of weeks ago visiting my mom and attending my dad’s memorial, I watched my mom’s friends, who are between the age of 70 and 90 and it was amazing. Most of these snowbirds have some kind of pet – usually a small dog but many have cats and some have birds. Watching the bonding and healing affect these animals have on the seniors was incredible!

So this month I would like to list some of the effects an animal can have on a human:

Researchers have found a pet can reduce blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol; lower triglyceride levels; alleviate stress and depression and all of these things reduce doctor visits.   They are finding out infants are less likely to get allergies later in life if they are raised with a dog or cat. There is also anecdotal evidence suggesting dogs can detect bladder cancer and predict seizures.   There are programs that show even dolphins will adjust their behavior if they sense a disability in a person swimming with them. Emotionally disturbed teens and adults seem calm and understanding when
they are riding horses.

Most of the time, pets bring out a nurturing and protective side of ourselves, and I have personally witnessed this in the prison with the inmates and dogs. Humans are touched by the companionship and cuddling and the unwavering loyalty of an animal.

I believe we are supposed to connect with animals on a deeper level. Susan Chernak McElroy, author of All My Relations: Living with Animals as Teachers and Healers states, “Basically we’re the same people in our brains as we were 125,000 years ago.  Back then animals were everything to us – food, shelter, clothing, spiritual relatives.”  Her theory is that the humans who successfully understood animals and who were enmeshed with the natural world managed to survive over people who weren’t. 

A few days before my dad passed, he told my mom he saw dogs in the hallway of the care center.  Many were sitting by the wheelchairs of their owners. It brought tears to my eyes to think my dad was seeing these loving spirits who were waiting patiently for their owners to cross so they could be together again. 

So give your pet a big hug and kiss and know they are doing healing work on you all the time. Honor them as a gift from the Universe to help us survive.


Allicor said...

Hello Jan thank you so much for adding my kitten postage stamp on your blog I am now following your blogs, very nice postings.

Jan4insight said...

You are so welcome, Allicor - and glad to have you as a follower :)

Emily Claire said...

This is so true! Whenever I am feeling stressed or down, I snuggle with my dog and I feel so much better. Pets are always understanding and do not care about our flaws as humans. They are there to love us unconditionally.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


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