Those of us who have pets, know that—when we are not complaining about the vacuuming—they  give us joy through the strength of their companionship. So, it’s no surprise to me to see this article in Lehigh Valley Live about the health benefits of having a dog:

(I have a cat too, so I don’t want to get in the middle of which-one-is-better argument.)

I’ve read articles and studies on this topic since I’ve come to Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley. I’m interested in all the ways that our services support our client’s health and I find it rewarding to see authoritative support for the work that MOW has been doing through “Ani-meals.”

While we would likely offer “Ani-meals” regardless of the science in this article, I think we can all take great satisfaction in the fact that MOWGLV has been on board with the practical effects of this program and its benefits to our clients for some time. I know that many of you reading this have donated, sorted, funded, and delivered pet food and supplies. Thanks to that support, you help to improve our clients’ health and you might keep a pet in its home (and avoid a shelter).

To some pet owners, we might be saying “yay me! I’m going to live longer.” That’s fine, but that doesn’t mean we can rest on that and neglect other areas of our health. I want to go strong across that finish line under my own steam so I need to find a healthy balance in many areas of my life. If the dog helps, then yes, I’ll do a little happy dance. (But maybe not while I’m vacuuming for the third time this week; and, yeah, the cat probably helps too.)