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Posted by wmmbb in DOG BLOG -.

There were no fracas this week. I have to follow up on the outcome of last week’s  incident. We did meet the odd dog and owner, but Dexter and Hannah hardly reacted. They each have a new additional lead, but as time goes by things deteriorate.

SBS reported on the use of dogs during the First World War in particular, during which more than 50,000 dogs were trained in several roles. In Afghanistan, they have been used to spot IED’s. Much like the horses in the First World War, the dogs that saved lives in Vietnam were left by the American’s to their fate.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or the effects from the effects of war on returned soldiers seems to be more severe from recent wars than it was in previous wars. Both in Australia and the US seem to be experiencing higher levels of homelessness than previously, which may be due to changes in economic conditions at home rather than on the battlefield. At least companionship with dogs seems to have a positive effect. ABC reported:

The Hounds 4 Healing program has linked rescued and street dogs with PTSD sufferers in Townsville. The program’s been supported by the trauma recovery centre run by the Townsville Mater Hospital.

Jane Keast from the centre said thousands of ex-soldiers suffered from mental illness.”It’s a big issue. The statistics that float around is between 5 and 12 per cent of people in the military will develop PTSD,” she said.
“That may be a total underestimation as well.”

Ms Keast said she had noticed the healing powers of the dogs.She said the animals brought about a remarkable change in the recovery process. “Not only do they help get people out into the community and doing things that they might not normally feel comfortable doing, they also help ground people,” she said.

“If you just lean down, pat your dog and just connect with the dog, it’s the reality of what’s happening here and now. “It takes you out of that hyper-aroused state which a lot of people with PTSD experience.”

The walk is a good idea for Dexter and Hannah as it is for me. There are times, as this week, when their is a storm with thunder and lightning, when saying home is the best option. Sitting too long is not good for general health. The research is ingenious and the conclusions compelling. James Levine, in Scientific American, reports “chairs are lethal”:

Sitting for long periods is bad because the human body was not designed to be idle. I have worked in obesity research for several decades, and my laboratory has studied the effect of sedentary lifestyles at the molecular level all the way up to office design. Lack of movement slows metabolism, reducing the amount of food that is converted to energy and thus promoting fat accumulation, obesity, and the litany of ills—heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and more—that come with being overweight. Sitting is bad for lean people, too. For instance, sitting in your chair after a meal leads to high blood sugar spikes, whereas getting up after you eat can cut those spikes in half.

The public usually associates these health problems with eating too much, not with sitting too much. My experience with people who struggle with their weight has led me to think that sitting habits might be just as pernicious. Still, a sedentary way of life might be easier to change than eating habits.

Rather than pat myself on the back, I can more appropriately pat Dexter and Hannah. I am not sure that our leisurely walks make a difference.

Here is the weekly visual report in photos with “Days are Long” by Silent Partner:

Acker Bilk, who died this week, played “As Time Goes By”:



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