5 Ways Having A Dog Changes Your Life

boy and his dog

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Dogs and mankind have been companions for thousands of years. There is no clear consensus on how man and dog became friends but many speculate it first started during the hunt. Imagine thousands of years ago when mankind was out hunting for big game. Then take into consideration the wolves that would have been following for scraps once a kill was made. It would not have taken very long for the wolves to figure out that hanging around the guys with spears was a good idea at dinner time. Over time the relationship grew so that wolves and humans became traveling companions, and wolves starting evolving into the dogs we have today.

There are literally hundreds of different breeds of dogs. Some dogs have been bred throughout the years to bring out certain characteristics such as dogs that are hypoallergenic. Other dogs are bred for their intelligence and working abilities while other dogs are bread specifically for their looks. We even have what has been termed “designer dogs” which is usually two purebred dogs bred together.

Dogs have the ability to decrease stress, make a person smile, and create a bond with their human owners that only exists with very few animals. Dogs can literally change a person’s life, as therapy dogs do for their patients every day. Here are a few more reasons that a dog can change a life:

  1. Dogs can help humans stay physically fit – Owning a dog means that an individual will get out of the house at least one a day for a walk. Dogs require at least 20 minutes every day (preferably twice a day) to get outside and play, and to expel the huge amounts of energy they have. Even an older dog will require a walk at least once a day. This will help an individual to lose weight and also for their stress levels to decrease. Walking will also help to lower high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of heart problems today.
  2. Happy, happy, happy – A dog will make a person happy. If you are feeling blue one of the best things you can do is pair up with a dog. It has been proven that when disaster strikes, having a dog nearby will help to decrease stress levels. No matter how depressed or unhappy a person feels, getting that slobbery kiss will immediately perk up the day. Dogs are non-judgmental and will love their human companion no matter what.
  3. Meet new people – Taking your dog to the park, or for a walk, or even to dog obedience class gives a person the ability to get out there and meet new people.
  4. Save a dog from destruction – Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized every year because homes cannot be found for them. Adopting a shelter dog can actually help two dogs; you are giving a loving home to the dog being adopted and allowing space for another dog in the shelter, who now has the chance to find a good home.
  5. A dog’s love is unconditional – Not feeling attractive? A dog does not care. Not feeling good because you’re sick? Doggy will sit by you and keep you warm all day. Dogs do not judge, nor do they question. They accept us as we are with no expectations, except to be loved. If only humans could be that forgiving.

Dogs can improve both the physical and the mental health of human beings. They love us unconditionally and we should be taking care to do the same for them.

Preparing For A Trip To The Serengeti

Serengeti vacation trip

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Taking a vacation to the Serengeti is one of the most memorable trips a person can take in their lifetime. The Serengeti which is located in Africa is home to the largest migration of mammals in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The area contains many game preserves where visitors can take a safari to view the diverse species of mammals as well as the over 500 species of birds that call the Serengeti home.

Being well prepared for your trip goes a long way towards making it an enjoyable one. Start a checklist with all of the necessary travel paperwork and things to pack listed that can be checked off as you go. Besides the usual travel requirements of a visa a visit to the Serengeti will also require vaccinations and proof of them. Language and money is also a consideration, and although the language of Tanzania is Swahili the English language is used as well. Tanzania has its own currency, but U.S. currency is the one of choice. A first aid kit is a recommended bring along, and make sure it is stocked with medication for treating malaria. Be aware that medical services are far and few between in Tanzania. Bottled water is recommended while in country. Lodging is entirely dependent on how much money you are willing to spend, from the basic camping type experience to deluxe accommodations with swimming pools and gourmet food.

One thing you will not want to forget is a camera. The opportunity to capture some truly memorable moments while on safari is one you won’t want to miss. If you’ve ever wondered, “Where do cheetahs live?” you’ll have your answer live right in front of you, if you are quick; the cheetah can reach over 60 miles per hour in three seconds! There are also gazelles, buffalo, wildebeest, and zebras grazing their way through the grasslands along with a large amount of lion prides in their natural habitat. Be advised that as a traveler one should always stick with a group and not wander off alone in a wild county such as the Serengeti. A wild animal is unpredictable and may attack simply out of fear, so it is best to stick with a group of people.

A good tour guides or travel agent will be able to provide the needed advice and travel arrangements for a memorable experience.

5 Reasons To Try Scuba Diving

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Underwater diving has been around for centuries. In ancient times people would dive on shipwrecks to try and salvage the goods it contained. Thanks to modern invention we can now dive underwater for long periods of time for both job related and recreational purposes. Scuba diving is one of the most exhilarating and at the same time, the most peaceful sports in the world. While scuba diving you can be engulfed in a world of silence with only your breathing and the local fish population to keep you company. Then suddenly you encounter a shark or other big fish which will set your heart racing. There are many reasons why scuba diving has become a popular sport around the world.

  1. Socialize with actual people – Even if it is just your dive buddy, you will be socializing with a live person. It’s even more usual for a group dive, which will put you in contact with even more people who share your love of diving.
  2. See wildlife in their natural habitat – who wants to watch a whale swim round and round in a tank? Seeing whales, turtles, dolphins, all in their natural habitat is one of the most exhilarating experiences available. If you’ve ever wondered, “What do dolphins eat?” or “How do turtles swim?” you may get to see for yourself. If you are really adventurous try swimming with sharks (with professionals along, or course). Viewing marine life in its natural setting is much more eco-friendly than visiting a marine “park”.
  3. Diving helps to keep you in shape – Swimming underwater will help build up lean muscles as well as keeping the body’s cardiovascular system in good working order.
  4. Take a vacation – Who doesn’t love to go on vacation? It brings the stress levels down and the endorphins up. Divers usually like to try new locations as often as possible and what could be better than warm waters and sunny beaches which are diver friendly? A person doesn’t need a boat to scuba dive – if you’re near the ocean you can simply put on your gear and wade right into the water.
  5. Calm, relaxed breathing – When in scuba gear one of the first things taught to new divers is how to breathe properly. In fact in the world of scuba diving it is the most important thing. So in learning how to breathe properly for scuba diving you are also learning meditative breathing. Meditative breathing is shown to help relieve stress and calm the mind.

If you are a lover of the ocean than scuba diving is for you. Finding a good scuba instructor who is a certified professional is the only way to start a diving education. Diving with friends is fine, but learning from a professional instructor will give you a better education in this challenging sport. Scuba diving is fun, but it is not to be taken lightly. Remember that safety first is the key to both an enjoyable experience and staying alive in the briny depths.