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Nourishing the Heart of Your Pet

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Nourishing the Heart of Your Pet

“I am the rug beneath your feet that buffers you from all the harshness of life.” – Dog

I have had the gift of four dogs, a cat and two horses in my life. I fed them, groomed them and loved them. I cared for them in a multitude of ways, going to great lengths to make sure they were healthy, and I worried when they were not. Perhaps I cared so much for my pets because they cared so much for me. My pets have been my close companions, providing me with love, warmth, happiness, laughter and friendship. They have taught me unconditional love, to be more patient with life and to enjoy the simple moments.

A lot has been written about the benefits of having a pet, but there’s more to that relationship than many of us realize. A lot of pet lovers surely will appreciate the results of an experiment that Institute of HeartMath Director of Research Dr. Rollin McCraty conducted with his 14-year-old son and 15-year-old dog.

Institute of HeartMath had already found that heart-rhythm entrainment, or synchronization, occurs between people when they are feeling love and care for each other. Rollin wanted to see if the same thing happened between people and their pets. So he put electrodes on his son Josh and his dog Mabel.

Josh and his dog Mabel

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Sara, from Institute of HeartMath

Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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3:47AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Great article. Thank you for this.

11:16AM PDT on May 24, 2011


4:26AM PDT on May 15, 2011

What a great article! At the moment I have a sick kitten with some belly-issues and I feel strongly that when she sits in my lap, more healing goes on than just keeping each other warm... I will focus on her with even more intent now, thank you.

11:55AM PDT on May 12, 2011

My Staffie knows when I'm uptight, there is something about seeing his darling little face that makes things seem so much better.

2:24PM PDT on May 9, 2011

aww how wonderful

10:02AM PDT on May 7, 2011


3:32PM PDT on May 6, 2011


10:28PM PDT on May 4, 2011

I never knew the science but have 'known' it in my own heart.
When I was told that cancer had returned I couldn't get home quick enough to cry and talk things over with my beloved dog and paint horse. That simple!
I didn't want to talk to the loving humans at that time, just sort out my thoughts with my trusted friends.
It worked.
I am fine and everyday I get out of bed for them primarily then the family.
My horses, dogs and birds don't judge just love unconditionally!

7:48PM PDT on May 4, 2011

Amazing, it make a lot of sense !

1:11PM PDT on May 4, 2011


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people are talking

so cute, thanks!

Maybe just stay home or ride a bike if it such a worry.

I agree that cats MANIPULATE our life.

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