News from the Randolph County Humane Society
Many readers will remember “Three Dog Night,” an American rock band formed in 1967. Their name stems from the native Australian method of keeping warm during cold, outback nights. If it’s just so-so cold, you could sleep with one dog. If it’s colder still, two. And on really cold nights, three. Fortunately, we don’t have too many “three dog nights” here in Arkansas, but it’s still comforting to have a dog on one’s bed during the night.
Readers might think people who sleep with their dogs are crazy – it’s a cinch they don’t care. According to a recent survey conducted by the AKC, of the 60 million American households which own a dog, 45% allow their pets to sleep in bed with them. There are some scientific benefits, too. A Mayo Clinic study found that adults without sleep disorders had absolutely no negative effects in their sleeping patterns – no matter if the dog is a Chihuahua or Great Dane! (Tip: For a Great Dane, a king size bed is a must!)
In addition, medical journal studies show that people’s blood pressure was lower while petting a dog versus talking to another person! Some research shows that interacting with a dog can decrease cortisol levels (stress hormone) and increase oxytocin (hormone regulating pleasant feelings). Just being around your pet makes a person chill out!
This doesn’t take into account the warmth a dog can impart. Also, that dog would likely hear an intruder LONG before the owner. A private built-in security system! And how many reports have been documented involving a dog (or cat) alerting its family to a fire or carbon monoxide in the house?! The promise is that a dog will appreciate being indoors with you, his owner, as much or more than you appreciate having him with you, especially on those cold nights!
Recent memorial: In memory of Kimberly Wantulok. Donations are needed to continue RCHS spay-neuter assistance. Use the PayPal link on the RCHS Facebook page, or simply mail a check to RCHS, P O Box 364, Pocahontas, AR 72455.