Dogs Are Good for Our Health and Wellbeing

This morning Elizabeth Sinclair Director of Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing told the office a story about picking up her dog from No More Kennels on Friday evening.  To be honest a couple of us began to yawn, it’s always about Elsie the Westie, but this time it wasn’t!

We sat hypnotically waiting for this treat (sorry) of a story.

While driving down the lane a dog was coming up with a lead on. She couldn’t drive past so she pulled over and got out to see how it was and if the owner was around.

The dog was an old lady and in good condition, lovely and clean but the lead was sodden.  Without hesitation she abandoned her car and walked the dog to No More Kennels  The staff there were wonderful they immediately took the dog in, gave her a quick health check, lots of cuddles and a blanket.

In the meantime, Elsie the Westie was collected and taken home.

Later Elizabeth contacted No More Kennels to see what had happened and if the dog was ok.

Once the dog was settled, they called the police.  From that call they launched the helicopter, a couple of police vehicles and van and mounted a search for its owner, clearly worried that the owner was in difficulty.

The helicopter found the owner still looking for his dog in a nearby field.  His dog had got loose at 11:30am and Elizabeth only found her at 7pm.  Dog and Owner reunited!

A huge thank you to Rebekah Vaughan and her team at No More Kennels who didn’t hesitate to take the dog in and care for it until the owner was found.

But why are we writing about it?  Dogs make us happy!  Research over many years has documented the ways that dogs are good for our health and wellbeing; including greater levels of exercise, lower risks of cardiovascular disease and increased immunity to allergies in children.

For so long, ‘dog walking’ was taken for granted and overlooked as something of benefit to society.  But there are very real and sustainable benefits to people’s physical and mental health, from something as simple as a walk in the park with their dog.

This is backed up by the results of a study carried out by the University of Lincoln which found that dogs are saving the UK health sector an estimated £2.45bn a year; primarily the result of fewer visits to the doctor and improved mental and physical wellbeing.

We’re not known as a nation of dog-lovers for nothing, We’re only scratching the surface of the positive impacts and benefits dogs bring to our human lives and long may it continue.