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Adopt a dog and boost your oxytocin

Patches, a 9-month old spanial mix.
Patches, a 9-month old spanial mix.
Photo courtesy of Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago

Oxytocin is the mammalian chemical responsible for that good feeling of love, calmness and affection.  A recent study in Japan sought out the connection between canines and humans (Kazutaka Mogi, Department of Animal Science and Biotechnology, Azabu University, Fuchinobe, Sagamihara).  By observing the oxytocin level of humans after play time with their dogs the study proved the chemical feel-good link of bonding with your dog.

Dogs and humans have been paired up for 6 to 12 million years, based on burial findings.  No other animal has the same impact.  Dogs bring companionship, helpfulness, security and toys to the relationship.  Now with this latest study we have proof that dogs also bring the feel good hormone.  Read more about the study or go directly to the study.

Better yet, go to your local shelter to find a dog in need of a good home.  You'll feel good.  I promise.  In Chicago, a visit to the Anti-Cruelty Society on Grand Avenue wil have you seeking out Patches.

Patches is a young, 9-month old who came to the shelter because his prior owner had allergy problems.  This happy pup is the perfect age to join your household and romp in the ample dog-friendly locations that Chicago offers.   Patches is at the Anti-Cruelty Society. Read up on him and pay him a visit this weekend.