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why dogs are good for your health
March 3, 2011

I recently read an article which stated something I kind of already knew at a mammalian brain level. Scientific research has shown that petting a dog everyday releases the stress hormone, cortisol.

And living with a dog increases Oxytocin levels (that feel-good "love" hormone). In fact just by having a dog look at you, you get the rush of love hormones.

It totally makes total sense then why my stress levels are so high now, they are causing violent muscle spasms that are actually rotating the vertebrae in my neck.

All this explains my current predicament. Here Plummy (and the Sausage before her) were working hard to keep my cortisol levels at bay while my Oxytocin levels were raised just by having them near.

My theory - Now that is gone and the total opposite has happened. The love hormone disappeared and the stress hormones have taken over.

Life without a dog is very strange to me. And I am a stranger in it.

Posted by Lori on March 3, 2011 6:25 AM permalink Comments (4)



Casey commented March 3, 2011 10:19 AM

welcome to my world :( it definitely sucks.... HUGS, Lori



Robin commented March 3, 2011 10:55 AM

I guess this means that there is a little pug out there looking for you?



HOLLY commented March 3, 2011 12:26 PM

Lori - And I think you need something to take care of which always makes us feel better ; ) There must be some cuties at Curly Tail Rescue! You should get a pair, so they are together during the day and when you are not home. I always worry what each of my guys & girlies would do without the other - they are so bonded. Spring is on the way! Holly



Greg commented March 3, 2011 12:42 PM

What are you waiting for? There is a Pug out there waiting for you. Impatiently too I might add. Go find Her/Him. The Pug awaits!!!!


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