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(Forbes)   People with pets have lower risk of heart disease. Apparently because the little noisy, shedding, barfing, crapping, and chewing machines reduce our stress   (forbes.com) divider line 35
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2013-05-12 09:40:44 AM  
Subby seems to have left off how chasing after them adds to our daily exercise.
 
2013-05-12 09:40:49 AM  
I suppose there's a point of no return with that.  Do we know of any crazy cat ladies that died of heart disease?
 
2013-05-12 09:42:30 AM  

wooden_badger: I suppose there's a point of no return with that.  Do we know of any crazy cat ladies that died of heart disease?


I meant diminishing returns.

/bleh, Sunday.  Trying to find where my shedding, barfing and crapping machines are now.
 
2013-05-12 09:51:22 AM  
I had to read it a few times.  I thought subby was referring to children.
 
2013-05-12 09:56:46 AM  
Try to get out of bed, cat makes you stay in bed, a fuzzy lump that shackles your feet to the mattress.
 
2013-05-12 10:01:50 AM  
Instead of getting a cat I got rid of any notion of a boss. I might love cats but they make my eyes water and skin itch if I spend more than about 30 minutes around them. I think I might have had a similar response to having a boss, but that was years ago.
 
2013-05-12 10:13:12 AM  

FunkOut: Try to get out of bed, cat makes you stay in bed, a fuzzy lump that shackles your feet to the mattress.


Odd, mine works like an alarm clock.  Every day around 6AM it likes to sit on my face or lick my face with his sandpaper tongue.  Not sure if he is trying to kill me and then eat me.
 
2013-05-12 10:19:55 AM  
So does Fark bank stories for Sundays?  Submitted this days ago.
 
2013-05-12 10:21:33 AM  
Smitty forgot licking and humping.
 
2013-05-12 10:44:37 AM  
If you have a pet like Cujo, you won't live long enough to die of heart disease.
 
2013-05-12 11:23:09 AM  
I bought the cutest lab mix noisy, shedding, barfing, crapping, chewing machine. I figured he'd mellow after a year or two, and we'd both get fat and lazy together. 8 years later he still requires a triathlon worth of playtime each day. I can see where this holds water.


//Lesson learned, labs are puppies until the day they die.
 
2013-05-12 11:30:44 AM  

FunkOut: Try to get out of bed, cat makes you stay in bed, a fuzzy lump that shackles your feet to the mattress.


What kind of cat is that?

There is no snooze button on a cat wanting breakfast.
 
2013-05-12 11:58:29 AM  

FunkOut: Try to get out of bed, cat makes you stay in bed, a fuzzy lump that shackles your feet to the mattress.


Get dogs.  My boy kisses me at wake o'clock to get me up to let him out.  The princess can wait forever.

Petting them does make your heart rate slow and your blood pressure drop.

No mystery.  It's nice having perpetual endless unquestioning love machines nearby, which follow you to make they are always nearby.
 
2013-05-12 12:00:45 PM  

The Smails Kid: Smitty forgot licking and humping.


My dad has a dog who stays over with us sometimes.  When I'm tickling my girlfriend, the dog gets... excited, and starts humping the nearest leg he can find.
 
2013-05-12 01:09:42 PM  
I can tell you from experience, no matter how bad the day was, no matter how many asshats I encounter at work or on the road, coming home to find my dog at the top of the stairs yelling at me in Wookiee out of sheer joy to see me, that makes it all go away.

italie: I bought the cutest lab mix noisy, shedding, barfing, crapping, chewing machine. I figured he'd mellow after a year or two, and we'd both get fat and lazy together. 8 years later he still requires a triathlon worth of playtime each day. I can see where this holds water.


//Lesson learned, labs are puppies until the day they die.


You want a dog to get fat and lazy with? Newfoundlands. They're occasionally ambulatory carpets, and are perfectly happy with a couple walkies a day. They're a beast on food and grooming, though.

I do love Labs, though. They're the very incarnation of 'unconditional love'.
 
2013-05-12 01:11:20 PM  
I don't know. My dog insists on making me breakfast every morning. He even fries the eggs in the bacon grease. I think he trying to kill me.
 
2013-05-12 01:14:45 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: The Smails Kid: Smitty forgot licking and humping.

My dad has a dog who stays over with us sometimes.  When I'm tickling my girlfriend, the dog gets... excited, and starts humping the nearest leg he can find.


That sounds like the beginning of a really weird "Dear Penthouse" letter...
 
2013-05-12 01:22:19 PM  
Ariel Castro read about this years ago and totally misconstrued it.
 
2013-05-12 01:57:30 PM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: I don't know. My dog insists on making me breakfast every morning. He even fries the eggs in the bacon grease. I think he trying to kill me.




Get a rescue from a Cannibal commune and you'll positively know what he's thinking: What wine goes with long pig?
 
2013-05-12 02:36:58 PM  
2 cats, one furry lump and one alarm clock. It's funny when the alarm cat is acting crazy and me and lump exchange a bleary WTF look

/Then my wife pushes me out of bed and I feed everybody
//I'm well trained
 
2013-05-12 03:13:38 PM  
What's this?  I've always heard that animals don't make good pets.

/obvious tag is obvious

//reaches down to scratch dog's ears
 
2013-05-12 04:25:34 PM  
italie://Lesson learned, labs are puppies until the day they die.

Labs have hearts of gold, heads of stone and stomachs of iron.
 
2013-05-12 04:33:01 PM  

Arachnophobe: You want a dog to get fat and lazy with? Newfoundlands. They're occasionally ambulatory carpets, and are perfectly happy with a couple walkies a day. They're a beast on food and grooming, though.


I kne a Newfie who once killed a burgular.  The coroner could not tell if he was crushed to death or drowned in puppy-love-slobber.
 
2013-05-12 05:48:13 PM  
As I learned in one Fark thread about a month ago, Marines say semper fi, dogs live it.
 
2013-05-12 06:00:21 PM  

Wolfmanjames: italie://Lesson learned, labs are puppies until the day they die.

Labs have hearts of gold, heads of stone and stomachs of iron.


Oh so much this. Back when I was working in a vet hospital, we had to remove a brass owl from a yellow Lab's stomach. The owner, who had just adopted him, hadn't quite settled on a name, so he went with what the hospital staff had been calling him after seeing the X-rays. Hootie.

Wolfmanjames: Arachnophobe: You want a dog to get fat and lazy with? Newfoundlands. They're occasionally ambulatory carpets, and are perfectly happy with a couple walkies a day. They're a beast on food and grooming, though.

I kne a Newfie who once killed a burgular.  The coroner could not tell if he was crushed to death or drowned in puppy-love-slobber.


:D
 
2013-05-12 07:18:56 PM  
My noisy, shedding, barfing, crapping, and chewing machine just passed away...and the stress on my heart has admittedly escalated.
 
2013-05-13 12:45:27 AM  

MayoSlather: My noisy, shedding, barfing, crapping, and chewing machine just passed away...and the stress on my heart has admittedly escalated.


Sorry for the loss : (  my cat is 14 and i know she only has a year or two left, can't get up on my bed without help any more due to arthritis.  She will lay there and purr for an hour straight even if I don't pet her, hates everyone else but loves me and has been a friend in times when I didnt have any.  It will be a rough time when its over for her for the both of us.
 
2013-05-13 02:03:55 AM  
In somewhat related news, neighbors of people with pets have an increased level of stress induced heart disease.  Guess who gets to listen to them when they are let outside as their owners leave the house for an extended period?

/is so very thankful that my current neighbors have well behaved pets
//wasn't the case for my last four homes
 
2013-05-13 03:30:44 AM  
www.karenachase.com

It works both ways.
 
2013-05-13 06:58:01 AM  
Likely the same reason wine does the trick too.
It's called, "RELAX"


/stress, it's the killer...I can't stress this enough.
 
2013-05-13 08:40:57 AM  

rogue49: Likely the same reason wine does the trick too.
It's called, "RELAX"


/stress, it's the killer...I can't stress this enough.




Inflamation!
 
2013-05-13 09:44:44 AM  

Dinjiin: In somewhat related news, neighbors of people with pets have an increased level of stress induced heart disease.  Guess who gets to listen to them when they are let outside as their owners leave the house for an extended period?

/is so very thankful that my current neighbors have well behaved pets
//wasn't the case for my last four homes


It is amazing how one arsehole neighbor and dog can make your neighborhood suck to live in. Our last house was surrounded by neighbors that let their dogs bark all night, it was actually one of the main reasons we decided to move.
 
2013-05-13 05:04:19 PM  
I have a bunny. He loves to cuddle. So much so that if I stop he bites me. Not sure if relaxing.
 
2013-05-13 07:10:30 PM  

shinypop: I have a bunny. He loves to cuddle. So much so that if I stop he bites me. Not sure if relaxing.


The_Green_Intern 's cats do much the same thing.  If Yuki is on her back and I'm scratching her belly, and stop/move my hand, she will move my hand back to where she wants it, claws slightly out as a reminder that she's the boss in this household.  Maxim just flops onto your lap, demands scratches/pettings, and if he is denied/you try to stop, will start biting/clawing.

\The cats are demandey but cute
\\ That said, pet therapy is totally real and there are loads of studies proving it
\\\ Reading to my cat and dog as a kid cured me of my nervous stutter/problems reading aloud.
 
2013-05-13 10:30:27 PM  

madanimalscientist: shinypop: I have a bunny. He loves to cuddle. So much so that if I stop he bites me. Not sure if relaxing.

The_Green_Intern 's cats do much the same thing.  If Yuki is on her back and I'm scratching her belly, and stop/move my hand, she will move my hand back to where she wants it, claws slightly out as a reminder that she's the boss in this household.  Maxim just flops onto your lap, demands scratches/pettings, and if he is denied/you try to stop, will start biting/clawing.


In contrast, my 110 pound German Shepherd whimpered and whined when you stopped scratching him.

/He was a sheep in wolf's clothing.
 
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