The American Cancer Society’s “Bark for Life” Walk
Terry Redlin Conservation Park
Dogs make us laugh, they comfort us when we’re feeling blue, and they keep us engaged with the world. Our experience with the dogs we love is enough to prove that they’re good for our health. Thankfully, the world of science and medicine has caught on to the healing powers of man’s best friend. For cancer patients, time spent with dogs can have an incredible, lasting impact.
While dogs can’t magically cure diseases, the impact they have on humans in need is immense. In recent years, more and more scientific evidence has backed up what dog people have always known: spending time with dogs is good for your health. In fact, caring for a pet has been proven to lower stress, encourage activity, and lift spirits.
For cancer patients, the healing qualities of dogs are immeasurable. Here are just a few of the important things dogs can provide to people with cancer:
* Relaxation. Spending time with an animal is soothing, and can be a vital respite in the course of a busy, often painful day.
* Safety. Dogs are great listeners, and cancer patients can talk to them about their fears (or choose not to talk and simply enjoy their company in quiet).
* Tactile sensation. Petting an animal releases endorphins, which reduces stress and improves mood.
* Distraction. Paying attention to a dog can help patients forget about their pain and frustration for a time, which invites healing and improved health.
* Socialization. Dogs invite conversation, and can help patients express themselves more freely to doctors and loved ones.
Dogs are the clowns, the snuggle partners, the keepers of secrets and, most importantly, the shoulder to lean on. They never complain, and love you no matter what. Always a willing companion whatever journey in life you face.
Come join us honoring our care giving companions at our 5th Annual Bark for Life walk on September 23rd on the beautiful grounds of the Redlin Art Center in Watertown. The Walk starts at 10 a.m., registration starts at 9 a.m..
Dogs are most definitely welcome. :) Don't have a dog? Don't worry! Come anyway, we'd love to see you.