Where would we be without our furry companions? The connection between dogs and people has been around for thousands of years. Although scientists and historians debate the timeline for the domestication of dogs, the bond has clearly existed for a LONG time.

It is interesting to look back at the development of this relationship. At one point, the connection between dogs and humans was a matter of survival. Dogs helped to protect humans (and later, livestock) from large predators. In return dogs were able to feed off the scraps left by humans. The origins of the phrase “three dog night” refers to dogs and humans sharing warmth on cold nights for the benefit of both species.

There is a long history of dogs coming to the rescue of humans. One example is the Siberian Husky named Balto. He was the lead dog in the final stretch of a relay to get lifesaving medicine to Nome, Alaska which was facing an outbreak of diptheria. Sgt Stubby was recognized for his service to American soldiers during WWI. Those of us who remember the events of September 11, 2001, probably saw pictures and videos of search and rescue dogs at Ground Zero.

Dogs play many roles in human life. Some of the types of service dogs are as guides for the visually impaired, alerting owners to oncoming seizures, helping people with mobility issues, and many more. Most of us have probably seen a police K-9 or dogs used to provide security in airports. In hospitals and nursing homes, therapy dogs help relieve the stress of treatment and loneliness for patients and residents. Some courts are now utilizing dogs to provide emotional support for crime victims who have to testify. An area that has gained more attention in recent years is the use of emotional support dogs. These dogs help individuals with diagnosed conditions such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

The benefits of the human-canine bond extend well beyond trained or certified dogs. Some of the health effects of petting a dog include lower blood pressure and reduced heart rate. Many surveys and studies have shown that dog owners often get more exercise as a result walking their canine companions. In these stressful times we are living in, isn’t it a great feeling to come home to a furry face that is happy to see you?

A common expression in the world of animal rescue is “Who rescued who?” Adopters are giving shelter dogs another chance at a good life. But this question also acknowledges the benefits adopters feel about their furry family members. Those feelings of love and appreciation apply to anyone who has made a dog a part of their family.

At Pine Creek Pet Resort, we are so grateful that you let us care for your furry family members during their stays with us. Thank you. Looking forward to seeing you in 2021.