I love my dog, Bella. So does Mary. I was really worried about Bella when Mary first arrived. Bella was our first child. I was so worried that they wouldn’t get along. However, I’m happy to report that Bella and Mary are best friends. I’m sure this has nothing to do with the meal Mary provides to Bella each night via some intentional food sharing.
Growing up I didn’t have a dog so I had no idea how blessed I would be to have a dog – thank you husband for making a dog part of our engagement negotiations.
A recent article I recently read in Reuters Health highlighted another blessing of dogs. According to research from Finland, babies in dog-owning families tend to be healthier. The researchers found that contact with dogs, more than cats (sorry cat lovers), was tied to fewer weeks of sickness for babies. According to the article, the dirt and germs a dog brings into the house may cause a child’s immune system to mature faster, which may protect infants against breathing problems and infections.
So I guess all the dirt and crud that Bella brings into the house isn’t that bad after all. I don’t need this article to know how great having a dog in the home is. However, I’m interested in any future studies that may show the linkage between dogs and good health.