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What’s Furry and has Four Legs? May 26, 2011

Posted by franciecooper in life coaching, life lessons.
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What’s Furry and Has Four Legs?

“My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.”   Unknown
Sometimes the VIPs in our lives are the furry, four-legged variety – the ones we fondly call our Vitally Important Pets.  We love them like family and, according to Web M.D., research has shown that living with pets helps lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety, and boost immunity.
Walking a dog or just caring for a pet can provide exercise and companionship. Heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without, according to several studies.  Male pet owners have less sign of heart disease — lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels — than non-owners, researchers say.  “Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home,” says Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
I had the poignant experience of losing a beloved VIP this past week.  She was a beautiful 15-year-old Golden Retriever named Natasha.  I had the pleasure of her company for only five years of that 15, but she managed to wiggle her fuzzy self deeply into my heart.
I dedicate this week’s blog to her.  She had beauty without vanity, and strength without intolerance. She offered unconditional love and companionship; she was funny, smart, and was never afraid to ask for what she needed and wanted.
Natasha was a good role model for everyone who knew her!
So, dear readers, I invite you to share a story about one of your beloved VIPs this week.  Shoot me an email  or go to my Facebook page to post a comment.  I’d love to see your pictures too!
P.S.  Friend and fellow Coach Steve Coxsey and I are talking about the importance of close relationships all month on our internet radio show, TapaPalapa.   You can listen right now to all of our episodes by clicking here.