1. Babies who live with dogs get sick less.
According to a study done at Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, babies who lived with dogs during the first year of their life were one third more likely to avoid respiratory illness and infection than their non-dog-owning counterparts. Many consider this to be a result of dogs causing more exposure to germs, increasing the babies’ immune systems to prevent sickness.
2. Pets help young readers gain confidence.
Children who are learning to read often get self-conscious reading aloud around other people, but they don’t have that same anxiety around animals. Reading to a dog is the perfect way for kids to gain confidence.
Elena Shumilova lives on a farm in Russia and has two boys, a dog, cat, duckling and some rabbits. On the day she took these photos she felt particularly inspired and decided to take advantage of what she felt was the perfect moment to take some magical photos.
“I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is”, she explained.
And she certainly managed to do that. These photos evoke emotions that are hard to explain, but we think it is largely to do with the beautiful scenery, rich colors and overall enchanted feeling of her surroundings. Combined with her clear talent as a photographer, it’s no suprise that these photos have racked up millions of hits around the web.
Now pet owners have a new way to remember their beloved animals beyond the grave – immortalizing them as plush toys. Cuddle Clones, a company based out of Louisville Kentucky, creates cuddly versions of creatures based off photographs. From lopsided ears to battle scars and missing limbs, no details are spared. To date the firm has had requests for all kinds of critters including dogs, cats, horses, pigs and even birds.