How does interacting with a pet help you overcome worry or mild depression?
When we are worried or stressed we are deeply focusing on our self. And the more we worry and focus inward on our self the worse things get. We create a downward spiral. We keep thinking about what our problem is and what we do not want. Our brains are programmed to give us what we think about. And therefore our brain gives us more of the very problem we have – because that is all we focus on and think about.
So by playing with your pet, by stopping the incessant negative thinking about yourself, by taking your mind off your problem, by having it on something positive, something loving outside your mind your brain relaxes. And when it relaxes it starts to figure out solutions to fix what ever it is that is worrying you..
Playing with, talking with, or petting your pet stops you from your inward focus. It stops you from digging the hole deeper. It allows the attention and love of your pet to magically pull you up and out of the hole you have dug.
How do I know this? From medical research studies, from talking with clients I coach, from talking with friends and from first hand experience. When I survived the operation that healed my disease I worried about it coming back. I worried if they got it all. That worrying about myself put me into a state of negative energy. It also made me mildly depressed. Medicine did not help. Anti depressant’s did not work. What worked was starting a non-profit animal charity that made me focus on others and not me. That worked almost immediately. And to this day playing with Australian Shepard, a dog I rescued personally from a death row shelter, the day before he was to be killed, and helping people and pets cured my self-centered worrying.
Pets really do save our lives. Pets and man & woman are bonded together – and together wellness happens
Please say a Prayer for the homeless dogs of Sochi. May God protect them from being rounded up and killed at night
Now i lay me down to sleep
i pray the Lord my soul to keep
if i should die before i wake
i pray the Lord my soul to take
L A TIMES ARTICLE
By Carla HallFebruary 6, 2014, 3:07 p.m.
We expect cities hosting the Olympic Games to take extreme measures to be presentable and safe for the world to descend on, but Sochi’s mass killing of stray dogs is appalling.
Many European cities have a problem with roaming cats or dogs: a stray, unsterilized population of animals left to fend for themselves. And I understand officials of the Russian city that sits on the Black Sea, just south of the Caucasus Mountains, worrying about stray dogs wandering onto snowboarding courses. But if Russian officials thought a mass killing of dogs was the best alternative, then they really don’t understand much about the legions of animal lovers and pet owners coming to Sochi or watching the Olympics on TV at home.
And it didn’t have to be this way. It’s pathetic that after all the time and money spent on preparations for the Olympics, officials of the city and the Games didn’t come up with a more humane and effective solution. If they had started sooner, officials could have spayed and neutered the dogs, moved them to shelters and launched a massive Olympic-themed adoption program. Animal welfare groups around the world would have volunteered in the effort. The Humane Society International and other animal welfare advocates have said for months that they would help Sochi with its stray dog problem.
Sochi’s plan to kill 2,000 dogs was announced last summer, prompting an international outcry. City officials backed off their plans but then hired a pest control company to kill the dogs starting last fall. Animal welfare advocates say hundreds have been killed.
Its treatment of these stray dogs as an afterthought — little more than vermin to be exterminated — is a window into Sochi’s, if not Russia’s, profound lack of compassion and humanity for companion animals.
Yes, some cultures don’t keep dogs as pets and even eat them as food, but far more see them as pets and treat them humanely. The U.S. has a fairly evolved ethic when it comes to the treatment of stray or unwanted pets. Practically every city or county has a municipal shelter or a contract with one to take in stray animals. And, increasingly, the goal of those shelters is to keep them all alive. In most privately run shelters, it’s the policy not to kill.
Sochi hasn’t gotten there yet. But private rescuers, aided by funds from a Russian oligarch, are scrambling to round up strays, before more are killed, and take them to a makeshift shelter — what the New York Times describes as “an outdoor shantytown of doghouses” on the outskirts of the city. Sochi could redeem itself in the eyes of the world if it announced that all plans to cull the dogs were forever canceled and instead extended an invitation to welfare groups to work with it to develop a shelter system.
Green Pets America Charities [GPAcharities.us] is an animal welfare organization whose mission is to celebrate the human & animal bond. Scheduled for 2015 we will build America’s first pet community center It will be an animal celebration community.Think Disney for pets. The Community on 20 acres will include.
Events Stadium for indoor and outdoor events.
Pet store selling pet food, pet clothes, pet treats etc.
A store/center for dog training and people animal training.
An adoption store with adoption areas for local shelters and rescue groups to bring their pets for adoption.
Green adoption building for 50 rescue animals available for adoption.
An eco green designed dog themed restaurant.
A state of the art full service veterinary facility for public animal wellness exams.
A pet shots only clinic.
A spay & neuter facility for the public & rescue groups
A full service pet grooming salon
A self-service pet washing store
Green dog park, multiple walking trails, and lots of open and wooded spaces for events, fairs and other outdoor animal focus activities.
Community meeting facility for animal events and educational seminars.
A Large animal themed people park with whimsical animal art.
A pet boarding hotel.
The corner-stone to changing our animal care system in America will be the creation of these regional centers that animal lovers will go to adopt, celebrate with indoor & outdoor animal events, care for animals and shop and mingle with one another.
There are numerous places for people to come together to participate in activities they enjoy. For example our county has two aquatic centers for swimmers, a beautiful regional bike trail park for bikers, two YMCA centers, a senior center,two very small 1 acre dog fence parks. There are other facilities based on interest for the community as well. But although over 65 % of the public are animal owners there is really no large significant place for animal lovers to come together for activities and education. We will change that…think Disneyland for animal lovers and their family pets.
Our first Pets America Community will be built on 20 acres of beautiful open green spaces with multiple green designed buildings and indoor/outdoor stadium in North Georgia, named Pets America Georgia. Picture a fun and beautiful one stop place for all things pets. The 30 acres would be a place for animal and human interaction and physical activities such as dog shows, dog agility events, pet merchandise store selling pet food, pet clothes, pet treats etc. A building for dog training, people animal training, animal welfare education. An adoption store with adoption areas for local shelters and rescue groups to bring their pets for adoption. A food concession stand. A veterinary facility for public animal wellness exams, annual shots and exams. A spay & neuter facility. A green dog park, walking trails and lots of open and wooded spaces for events, fairs and other outdoor animal focus activities. Picture a Disneyland for animals and animal lovers to come together and spend the day together as a community.
Green Pets America Charities was founded in 2006. Our mission is to celebrate the human and animal bond. We are an IRS Certified 501c3 nonprofit. We have been awarded the Gold Star seal for transparency and trust from Guide Star, America’s highest non-profit rating agency. Additionally Green Pets America received the humanitarian recognition from the State of Georgia Senate for serving Georgia’s families and animals.
UPDATE: 2-07-14. Committee meeting. Next step is finish business plan via additional research. Agreed that preliminary location demographics for population and income indicate Pets America of Georgia will be located north on Georgia 400 just outside Atlanta in Dawson County.