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#1 Joelf

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:06 PM

Pets for Depression and Health.

Psychologists, veterinarians, and researchers concur that pets can be good for our mental and physical health. A pet can help to improve mild or moderate depression in many people, as well as provide other benefits, such as better sleep and overall health. WebMD.

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#2 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:38 AM

My cat, featured in my avatar, has an interesting take on this. She aids sleep by taking over an entire section of the bed, usually next to my feet (which means I can't move them) or snuggles right next to me which also means I am not allowed to move. If I move, even in the middle of the night, she raises her head, eyes still closed and I feel the disapproval. You see the idea is that I be still so she can get a good ole kip, night or day.

Truthfully though she is wonderful to sleep with as she makes me feel sleepy and comfortable even when I am not, comfortable that is. As she sleeps on and on for hours I don't feel so bad about doing so myself nor do I feel isolated when I am doing so.

She is the world's best pusscat, marvellous and loving and she makes such a difference to my everyday life.
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#3 Joelf

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:14 PM

She's so beautiful, Amanda; no wonder you love her so much!! :wub:

Our dogs love to hog the bed or sofa (they've got their own beds, but ours is so much nicer!) We've actually bought a bigger sofa, so that we might all get a chance to get on it; it's a race after supper to get the best place in front of the television!!

I don't want to bore everyone but I've posted a couple of photos here and here of the dogs.

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#4 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:30 AM

No puss cats here (they don't fare well in coyote country), but my 3 border collies have helped all of us out of the sloughs of despond many a time. Collies will 'play to the audience' and believe me, if you laugh at something they are doing, they love it and will usually figure out how to make it funnier.

Right now the old girl (15-1/2) is sound asleep, #2 is resting her chin on the window sill watching the birdies, and #3, the one in my avatar, is helping me by lying on the O2 tubing, thus pre warming the O2. That also ensures I can't sneak out of the room and get myself in trouble before realizes I am gone!
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