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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 "1 San Pedro Valley News-Sun PETS Continued from B1 part of your family, many cus- tomers become attached to office pets, and seeing them is just as important as the goods being pur- chased. A dog with a wagging tail or a purring cat goes a long way in elimi- nating stress, whether at work, or at home. The health benefits of having pets are well documented. And in fact, the benefits of owning and lov- ing a pet are numerous. Studies have shown animals improve health, teach children, provide uncondition- al love, along with offering plenty of laughs. For St. David resident Indy Libby, one pet is not enough. She gets the love she needs from three ferrets, three turtles, two parrots, two dogs, three cats and two cockatiels. She joked about how she also has some outside animals including chickens and geese, but 15 of her pets require two full-sized bedrooms for proper care. "I like having them," Libby said. "They keep me busy in my off days., They require care and keep me out of trouble. They also keep me sane. When you get mad at everyone else, I can go straight to my animals." Libby said her ferrets are better than watching television. Pets are also beneficial for chil- dren. A recent article in Parents Magazine showed that besides help- ing children learn responsibility and empathy, a pet also helps in emotion- al, cognitive; social and physical development. Sammy Bias, a 9-year-old in Pomerene, swears that he will grow up to work with animals. He is already interested in all animals, and wants to befriends with every crea- ture he comes across. While he would have more if he could, Bias currently has two dogs and several chickens. He also takes care of a hyper-active Shih Tzu sev- eral times a week. When it comes to the chicken coop, Bias heads out every day to collect eggs, forming a bond and naming several of the animals based on their behavior. He jokes that one of the chickens-is called Stompy because she becomes agitated when he takes the eggs. For Bias, the benefits of loving and caring for the animals are already apparent. He is also learning as he cares for them. According to Parents Maga- zine, the education is a major bene- fit. Mary Renck Jalongo, an educa- tion professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of "The World of Children and Their Com- panion Animals" said it has been shown that therapy dogs are extremely beneficial inside schools. A study has found that all children benefit from the presence of a four- legged friend, and that kids become more relaxed and the learning envi- ronment improves. According to the Humane Society, 63 percent of American households have a pet. The animals require food, water, love and shelter and in return give humans companionship, thera- py, health benefits such as reduced blood pressure, unconditional love, education and help. PHOTO FROV1DED BY INDY BB~ Lots of love: St. David's Indy Libby loves her animals, collecting plenty that she says keep her out of trouble. Office pets: Above is Simon number three, a part of the Benson Feed Store on 4th Street. At left, Nancy Leverenz plays with her boxers, both of whom also go to work with her on a regular basis. PHOT~BY THB.MAGIWIESI~Sun L News-Sun: Above, Sage takes a nap on her back while reporter Thelma Grimes gets work done. At left, Publisher Jane Amari sits with office mascot Whiskey. 167 & 5th Stnea ~ 3enoon, aniz. 586.2292 There are approx. 65 million owned dogs in the U.S. 18% were adopted from a shelter. Of the 77.7 million owned cats in the U.S., 16% were adopted from a "shelter. If more people adopted from shelters, fewer animals would be euthanized. Slick is a four-year-old Terrier available for adoption at the Benson Animal Shelter located at 104 Harvest Way. For information call 586-3600.