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      HealthWACH: Caring canines

      HealthWACH: Caring canines

      COLUMBIA (WACH)

      Man??s best friend is more than just a pet, they become family. Those of us who own a pet are usually happier and healthier than those who do not. Dogs are loyal, affectionate, and smart, and they provide us with a sense of companionship. Often times we view them as our protection, and we can train them to guard us if we ever need saving.

      A dog can do more than fill a person with joy, they can improve fitness levels. Walking a dog daily can relieve stress and provide people with opportunities to meet fellow dog owners. As far as a person??s health, a dog owner a decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, reduced blood pressure, anxiety levels may drop, and they have a smaller chance of becoming ill. Dogs provide endless love to their owners, leaving them with a sense of emotional well-being.

      The Caring Canines Program??s mission is to bring happiness and comfort to those in need. Their passion for dogs has led them to gather volunteers to spread the love from the dogs to others. They believe it is imperative to have the emotional support when in a time of crisis or healing. The Caring Canines Program serves to assisted living centers and nursing homes, hospitals, hospice care, and libraries. Volunteer dogs are required to be tested under the American Kennel Club??s Canine Good Citizen certification and must have their shots up to date.