Welcome to Paw Prints!

This is where we will discuss all our furry, feathery, slippery and scaly friends! Pets are important members of our family. They come in all shapes and sizes. They love us unconditionally and enrich our lives every day. Studies have shown that having a pet in your life is linked to several health benefits including decreased blood pressure and cholesterol. Pets can help us fight depression and loneliness and can ease anxiety. They can also increase our opportunities to exercise and socialize.

Every week we will pick a different kind of pet to talk about but for the first few weeks we will focus on dogs! The dog is the first species to be domesticated by man over 15,000 years ago. The two species have evolved together to form an inseparable bond. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 199 different breeds. They are broken up into seven groups based on the function the breed was originally bred for. These categories are the Working, Hound, Sporting, Non-Sporting, Toy, Terrier and Herding groups.

Tune in next week as we begin the first article on a specific breed of dog and their unique characteristics. Can you guess which breed it will be?

Don’t worry, we love ALL dogs and will talk about mixed breeds too! Requests are welcome!

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