A Lifetime of Love With The Special Bonds Between People and Pets

Healthy Pets Are Part of Happier, Healthier Families

cropped-img_20180205_011823-1.jpgCompanionship may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a pet. Life with an animal can boost wellness and health too. There is considerable evidence animals can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol and regularly interacting with animals can reduce anxiety and promote calmness. It isn’t just cats, dogs and rabbits offering heart healthy benefits of lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels; researchers discovered viewing fish tanks led to noticeable reductions in heart rate and blood pressure too.

Pets are also social connectors for owners acting as a conversation starter. Multiple studies reveal just being in the presence of a pet increases the frequency of social interactions, especially with strangers.ffurriest

Personally I’ve found my pets often provide comic relief from life’s daily stresses. It is the reason animal videos are a top category of viral content every year.

A video captures some of the wonderful things about companion animals in our lives. It is produced by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the organizer of National Pet Week®. The video and observation celebrates the special bonds between pets and people.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of National Pet Week®, the American Veterinary Medical Association spotlights things every pet owner should consider to ensure that their pet lives the longest, healthiest life possible. Learn more at http://petweek.org

The Centers for Disease Control also emphasizes keeping pets healthy keeps people healthy too. Visit  https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/ for resources.pup_kiss_StockSnap_HMOI9OUX4J

National Pet Week® is observed the first full week in May. Created in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association, National Pet Week® is dedicated to celebrating America’s more than 200 million pets that enrich our lives each and every day and encourage responsible pet care every day of the year.


Blue Light Week Idea to Support Law Enforcement Goes Viral

The Christmas lights may be coming down in some neighborhoods to be replaced with a blue hue as 2015 arrives. David Jessup is leading a social media campaign to support law enforcement with blue colored light bulbs.

The Virginia man says recent events across the nation gave him the idea, “There is a lot of disrespect toward law enforcement, especially now and I think it’s important for our younger generation to understand and respect law.”

The Facebook page for Blue Light Week asks people to replace their porch lights or holiday displays with blue bulbs: “Replace your porch light with a blue light bulb for 1 week to honor all police officers that have fallen in the line of duty. These brave men and women have sacrificed everything for us so let’s show our support.”

The idea has gone viral as many people like the opportunity to show support without marching and protesting. Other social media users on the Facebook page say blue is also a color associated with peace and is a good choice for the times.

A former police officer, Jessup says many officers make the ultimate sacrifice and that’s what this blue light week is about. He hopes the week will become an annual observance. This is a link to one of many videos on the new effort:  http://bcove.me/80040yfh

Blue Light Week idea goes viral across nation

Blue Light Week idea goes viral across nation