The Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation just brought in canine to assist in the physical therapy sessions such as balancing, gripping and strengthening exercises. She's been trained and can execute more than fifty commands. Karmen is a two year old Labrador-Golden Retriever mix. Of note, she is the first canine placement at the Baylor Scotte & White facility. To read or watch more, click HERE.
It seems as if everyday there is an article or new study illustrating the health benefits of sharing your life with a companion animal. Of course, if you've shared your life with another life form, you probably already intuitively understand these. You don't need a study to tell you that something that makes you smile everyday is going to help you to have a better attitude, be healthier and live longer.
"More Evidence That Owning A Dog Is Good For You" is an article that appeared in Time Health and is worth reading. What I found most surprising is that one of the levels that dogs really helped was in making people to be more active.