I have always loved dogs and always will. October is National Adopt a Dog Month sponsored by the American Humane Society, so what better time to talk about how dogs can help your health. I grew up with dogDogs give us love. Proven scientifically although I don’t know why they spent the research money, I could have told them that

Its adopt a dog month. Go out and save a life. For every dog you save you save 2or 3 dogs. The one you adopted and if you adopted from a rescue organization you opened up a spot there for them to take in another dog from a shelter- which opens up a spot at the shelter. So 3 dogs saved. Oh, and don’t forget about adopting a cat.s. My first dog as a child was “Candy” a tough little cocker spaniel. She was a sweet, ornery little thing. My most vivid memory of her was coming home to find my Italian grandmother stuck in our recliner unable to get out of the recliner because Candy decided she didn’t want her to. Every time my little grandmother tried to get out of the chair it was a battle of wills- a snippy little cocker spaniel and an equally snippy little Sicilian Grandma. Candy won.  Great memories.

Since that time, I have had many dogs who have lived long and wonderful lives. Most have been rescues. I recently looked at the statistics for euthanasia of shelter dogs over the last few decades and was pleasantly surprised to see that fewer dogs are being euthanized due to the efforts of shelters, rescue groups and heightened public awareness. I currently have two rescue Siberian Huskies. I never expected to own one Husky, let alone two, but what wonderful dogs. They both have interesting stories of abandonment and abuse, as most rescues do, but it never ceases to amaze me how they have adjusted and enhanced my life seemingly forgetting their past.

What can dogs do for you and your health and cancer?

  1. Dogs can smell cancer. This doesn’t surprise me as their sense of smell is so much greater than ours. This has been proven scientifically and is currently being researched as to how to benefit patients
  2. Dogs can give us companionship. This is very important on the dark days that we all have. They can lift depression and give us hope and the will to live.
  3. Dogs have health benefits like lowering our blood pressure
  4. Dogs provide endless entertainment and love.
  5. Dogs give us purpose.
  6. They provide exercise. You need to walk them. Take care of them. Throw a ball for them. All of this uses calories and provides exercise. Exercise is very important to fight cancer.
  7. Dogs give us love. Proven scientifically although I don’t know why they spent the research money, I could have told them that.
  8. Its adopt a dog month. Go out and save a life. For every dog you save you save 2or 3 dogs. The one you adopted and if you adopted from a rescue organization you opened up a spot there for them to take in another dog from a shelter- which opens up a spot at the shelter. So 3 dogs saved. Oh, and don’t forget about adopting a cat.