I'm not the only one who is passionate about the human animal bond. I know many of YOU are, also. Well, at the recent BlogPaws conference, our Saturday keynote, Dr. Kate Hodgson, DVM, MHsSs, CCMEP, spoke on the topic of "one health initiative" and taught us a LOT about the human animal bond. Many people said this was the best part of the entire conference.
I can't say that...but, it sure was close.
We both like that, a shared history and a FUTURE. That's an important part, the future. It's my desire to help others into the 'new' future, by educating them on the value companion animals have to human beings. Which isn't 'new', but some folks think it is.
Diane Silver, Mom to Rocco Havanese, and a long-time BlogPaws supporter, writes on her blog, To Dog with Love, "One of the cool things that HABRI is doing is awarding research grants to study how the human-animal bond benefits people. They recently announced their first five grants -- totaling $250,000 -- that include studies about using animals to help autistic children and improving human heart health through dog walking."
Of especial interest, at least to me, was Dr. Hodgson's invention of the word, "zooeyia"... to mean, "the positive impact of companion animals on our health"... relevant to the ways dogs and other animals actually make us feel better and be better. We all know how dogs get us out and about. I am not sure how much walking I would actually do, if Emily didn't stick her cold wet nose in my armpit several times a day, insisting on her walk. :-)
Also, as I get older, I see how imporant these animals are to my mental health. They make me happy. They keep me from being too concerned about the issues of the day - after all, a good walk and a daily snuggle can solve anything, right? I'm also more aware of the needs of seniors, as it pertains to pets. Too many places make seniors give up their pets, and that's just wrong! I'm encouraged, however, by Dr. Kate's thoughts on Zooeyia, and how it can help us understand the way pets improve our lives, which, in turn, will show apartment managers and condo people that having pets is a good thing, not a problem.
Enjoy this fabulous video interview with Pet World Insider, and Dr. Kate. It's going to be the best part of your day, I promise. Oh, and if you're not signed up yet for next year, 2015 is going to rock and roll the night away... in Nashville, so...get to it and register!