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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
Mahatma Ghandi.

There's something between animals and owners that is magical. While children may grow into ornery adolescents, pets don't have mood swings or meltdowns, and they never talk back. They're loyal and lovable; and even if we're irritable, they adore us unconditionally. In a competitive and critical world where we're always trying to change people, and they're trying to change us, pets let us feel that we're great just the way we are. That also bring out our nurturing instincts, and make us feel needed, worthwhile, and special.
Sally Abrahms "The Power of Pets"

We are all aware to some extent the power pets have on our physical well-being and state of mind! A study of 92 patients hospitalized in coronary care units for angina or heart attack found that those who owned pets were more likely to be alive a year later than those who did not.

Research has shown that pet ownership can:

  • Reduce stress-induced symptoms
  • Petting a dog has been shown to lower blood pressure.
  • Bringing a pet into a nursing home or hospital can boost peoples' moods and enhance their social interaction.

Diggy passed May 26, 2009

"Angels help lead us out of our own darkness and into God's light". You are my angel Diggy and my life is so much richer because of you. What a beautiful day it was when you came into our lives. I knew the minute I saw you that you were special.
Even though you lived in a shelter for a year after being found half starved you never held that against anyone.. You were gentle, sweet and loving. We all could learn so much from you if we would just open our hearts and minds.

We had six months, 2 weeks and one day with you. Not nearly enough time but enough to know that you were even more special than we thought. From the moment you walked into your new home with us you were a perfect fit.

I laugh now, despite my tears, thinking of you and that first night how we woke to find you sleeping on the sofa or the many times you struggled to get up stairs despite the pain in your legs where we were working just to be close to us and how comforting your presence was to us having you lay at our feet. Your patience was astounding. You never once hurried us but instead you sat and waited for us. You were the one that taught us to slow down and just be. How you loved our walks in the woods!!

I admire your bravery in those last few days when your pain must have been excruciating but you suffered in silence not once even whimpering or crying out.
You changed my life Diggy and for that I will always be thankful. You brought your own special love and with that you opened my eyes to so much more. I am so honoured that you chose us. I thank God for you. Run free Diggy my dearest sweet friend. I love you so very, very much.

Slow Victoria is proud to introduce Digby, our "slow" companion.

We all know the great rewards of owning a pet. Putting aside the obvious health benefits of helping to reducing high blood pressure and stress related illnesses, there is no greater joy then the unconditional and outpouring of love they dish out. We were fortunate enough that our paths crossed with a dog named Digby this past November.

After losing a dear pet last year, I felt that, finally, my heart was open and ready to love once again. We made a trip to the local SPCA to just have a look and to see if, indeed, we were ready. A lovely young lady, Jeannine ,took us around to each cage and explained the circumstances of each dog and how they ended up homeless, many beaten, and abused or found starving.

My heart was breaking and I thought I could never choose just one…so many needed us. Their soft, trusting eyes followed us from cage to cage each story a little worse then the last. If I live to be a hundred, I will never understand the cruelty inflicted upon these beautiful creatures. It really staggers me.

We walked by a dim lit cage and I truly thought, at first, it was unoccupied. Peering closer I noticed two tan feet sticking straight up and my first thought was that someone had a stuck a stuffed toy in a wicker basket. Jeannine whispered "This is Digby".

Slowly, this old guy struggles to his feet and walks toward us. He looked at me and straight into my heart. It was love at first sight!!
I knew that he would be going home with us.

Let me tell you a little about us. My husband and I love to hike and climb. We are very active and love nature. There are so many beautiful places on Vancouver Island to explore and we are constantly on the lookout for another daring trek up some unexplored mountainside.

My husband standing next to me asked "Are you sure? He won't be able to climb mountains".
I was adamant. "Yes, I want this one. There is something about this one. I can feel it".

Digby suffers from old age, arthritis and hip dysphasia. Undeterred by any of his health problems we took him home. From the moment he walked through the door Digby settled in as if he had been with us always.

He is gentle, loving, patient and a true gentleman. He has taught us patience and the true meaning of unconditional love. Now when we go hiking for the day , he is always waiting for us with a wag of his stubby tail and yes, he smiles!!! I tell him all about our adventures and he listens cocking his head from side to side and his eyes never leaving mine.

At night I hear him dreaming and I know he is walking with us because I hear his little sounds of joy and indeed his legs are moving effortlessly.
Who knows what far away mountains he is running up or what wonderful smells he is discovering!

He gives us so much joy! We are so lucky to be chosen by such a beautiful dog. We feel truly blessed.

Ted says he takes Digby for a stand. Have you heard the expression of someone who has only two speeds? Slow and stop?

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Victoria Pet Places

A Pet's Life
2019 Cadboro Bay Road
Victoria, BC
250 592 3301
Pets West
220-777 Royal Oak Drive
Broadmead Village
Victoria, BC
250 744 1779
Hillside Tropical & Marine Aquatics
1393 Hillside Ave
Victoria, BC
250 480 2897
Site for Cat & Dog E-cards
For Equestrians - All About Equestrian Riding
Horses have also been known to be great companions.

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