A study in New Scientist reported that pet dogs rival humans for emotional satisfaction. After playing with their pets, dog owners experienced a burst in a hormone linked to infant care. I honestly have had more experience playing with puppies than taking care of infants, so I can’t compare. But I do know that my engagement and relationship bonding with my dogs is extremely emotionally satisfying. It’s not surprising to me that Dr. Rollin McCarty, Director of Research at the Institute of HeartMath, conducted an experiment and found that heart-rhythm entrainment, or synchronization, occurs between people and their dogs.
There are 75.1 million children in the United States. Stats.gov projects that number will increase to over 100 million by the year 2050. I don’t need to educate Care2 readers on the environmental challenges of over-population. At the end of 2009, The Humane Society reported there were 77.5 million owned dogs in the U.S. and 93.6 million cats. The pet over-population problem is out of control.
So, this Mother’s Day, I’m going to enjoy being a mom, if only for a day. I’m not going to feel guilty raising good canine citizens instead of good children. I’m going to be proud of my choice to not add to the over human population and remind myself that I am helping the pet over-population. And maybe I’ll even end the day by inviting them to sleep with me.
If you have pets and no children, do you think of yourself as a pet-mom? Thanks for sharing your comments below.
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