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Monday, January 22, 2007
Who let the dogs in?
A few years ago, the song Who let the dogs out was a top hit in manifold nations of the world. Amazingly, it wasn't called who let the cat out... That is because it seems that we think more of dogs that of cats. On the movies The Blue Bird, the dog was always trustworthy and the cat was all for jealousy and envy.
The Brodway show created and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Hannah-Barbera's Top Cat are exceptions to the rule. SuperBoy's best friend was Ktypto, a dog; Mickey Mouse had a dog named Pluto and one of his best friends was Goofy, a dog; even Scooby-Doo was a dog!
We eat hot dogs and we sing "The hounds of winter". How many foods are named after a cat, and how many movies dedicated to them? I can't remember of many.
That is probably because dogs are our best friends!!!
Deborah Wells (Queen's University) explained, in the British Journal of Health Psychology, that dog owners appear to suffer from fewer minor ailments as well as fewer serious medical problems, having lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels (perhaps due to regular walks with their pet-buddies).
I had a friend that could tell you that dogs are also good to call girls' attention. According to Dr. Wells, "The ownership of a dog can also (...) facilitate the development of social contacts, which may enhance physiological and psychological human health in a more indirect manner".
Other studies show that the presence of a dog can help chronically ill children endure potentially painful medical procedures, being able to sniff out malignant melanomas or the onset of low blood sugar in diabetics. In Israel, nation of the four great religions and the forecommer of many scientific discoveries, was also suggested that pets can help people with schizophrenia to feel calmer and more motivated.
In other words, if you want a pet: dogs are the ones!