Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Take in a Furry Friend


Now that we are getting out of lockdown, it might be time to adopt a furry friend. Although it was found that dog adoption was up (in some places the figures had doubled), living with an animal in regular times can have an extremely positive psychological impact on everyone.

Back in the day, Sigmund Freud spoke of how beneficial his dog Jofi – who later became his therapy companion – had been.  More recently a study published by the International Journal of Psychiatry undertaken on dog, cat and non-pet owners, evaluated mood and feelings of isolation during lockdown.  It found that:

Contrary to expectations, cat owners were found to be less mindful than non-owners and pet interactions did not account for levels of loneliness or levels of mindfulness. In line with our expectations, however, stress and depression positively predicted loneliness, while mindfulness and being a dog owner were protective against it. Insights from qualitative responses suggest that this might be due to the fact that dogs encourage a routine which involves getting out of the house and walking, which itself offers opportunities to socialise with other people doing the same thing…. These findings add to the emerging literature on mental well-being during a lockdown and the unique role that pets play in their owners’ experiences.

So for any locals considering this option, Advocat Rescue has some lovely cats looking for homes. There is also Foster Dogs Incorporated with canine options for those who prefer dogs.  As the weather heats up what better safe and healthy activity to engage in than dog walking?  In Brooklyn there are many wonderful parks and gardens for a nice stroll which even offer activities.  Children enjoy the  Albemarle Playground and Di Gilio and for those wanting to bring their newfound furry friends there is Parade Ground. 

Getting out and about in the fresh air is very good at all times.  Having a pal accompanying you makes it even better!