TGIF: Happy National Puppy Day!

Friday, March 23, 2018

It is Friday again - today also known as National Puppy Day! Today “dog is man’s best friend” is an understatement - dogs are best friends with a huge part of our population and have a positive impact on those who most need the companionship of a four-legged friend. There are the professional dogs trained to do a specific job and home pets which become beloved family members.
According to Wikipedia: “A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort and love to people in hospitals, retirememnt homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas and to people with anxiety disorders or autism.” - a natural solution! Visiting dogs interacting with patients serve to normalize the hospital environment. The PAWS (pets at work) study, designed for therapeutic interaction between trained dogs and pediatric patients examined the effects on patients, parents and unit staff. Results overwhelmingly documented the benefits in relaxation, improved overall mental social & physiological health states. Further studies conducted with pediatric & adult oncology & cardiology patients confirmed these findings."
Modern day society owes a large debt to resue dogs and police dogs - they are working 24/7 and deservedly have a fan base. And... have you ever thought about the reason so many homeless people have a pet dog? This is their only constant faithful companion and warmth - these people feed their dogs before themselves.
And full circle back to the dogs at work - many offices and different work places welcome the positive effects of employees bringing in their dogs. They relieve tension, anxiety and are a unifying force. Our office is one of those - check out our Facebook page for the team puppies!
Fact - Vancouver’s dog population has more than doubled in a 10 year period. So... when stratas are considering pet by-laws, better remember how many buyers are dog owners. More restrictive by-laws can limit your attraction to potential buyers, which in turn can affect your future value.
So enjoy the walks your dog will be taking you on this weekend and know that we 2 legged realtors always have you covered!

Thanks for all your shaggy dog stories.
Michelle, Scott, Sheila, Ray and Shane


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