Everyone knows that having animals in our lives is good for us. It is a foregone conclusion, right? What could be better for us than having a furry head to scratch, having a dog (or cat) to walk, or just seeing a wild animal running free? These are all manifestations of the human-animal bond, but the surprising truth is that there is actually very little hard data that says animals are good for our health. That may not sound very important. After all, who needs data when so many of us already “know” it for a fact?
July 30, 2014