Did you know that a record number of animals are being adopted? Yup, humans who are self-isolating are finally figuring out what it’s like for all us animals who are isolated in shelters.
I prefer to think the adoptions are about animals rather than humans feeling lonely.
There are lots of reasons to adopt an animal.
1. In a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, dog owners on average walked 22 minutes more per day compared to people who didn’t own a dog.
The study found that the dog owners walked briskly and got their heart rates up. At times, their pace was about 3 miles per hour, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers moderate intensity.
I take my human out for a walk as often as I can. She’s a bit delusional . . . she thinks she’s walking me. So I constantly have to remind her that she needs to quit patting herself on the back and pat me.
We canines keep you humans healthy. It’s a big job.
2. Other studies have shown that moderate-intensity walking is just as effective as running in lowering the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and other conditions. And the more people walk, the more the health benefits increase, according to the American Heart Association.
(“The national physical activity guidelines call for 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise.”)
3. If you look at studies on pet ownership, people who own pets seem to live longer than those who don’t own them.
Get a life. Adopt a dog . . . like me
Freddie Parker Westerfield, CHT
Certified Human Trainer
If you don’t believe me read this: Dog Owners Walk 22 minutes more per day