We just ran across this article while visiting www.animalshelter.org  If you are considering getting a family pet, this is good information.

Pet Dogs Lower The Risk Of Obesity In Children 

The researchers from St. George’s University in London have recently reported that children have a lower risk of becoming obese if they own a pet dog. Obese children have a higher risk of developing chronic health problems among which high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels or bone and joint problems are just a few. 

The study involved more than 2000 children aged 9 and 10, who were monitored over a period of seven days. 10% of the children involved in the study had pet dogs. The results showed that pet owners spent more than five hours involved in physical activities each day. As a consequence, they had less sedentary behavior and were involved in light, moderate and even vigorous activities and their active lifestyles
showed positive results on their weight. 

Weight loss is hard.  I'd like to eat chicken nuggets and french fries all day, if I could.  Every day, I work at getting thinner.  The important word is WORK.  I go without lots of the tasty treats I once loved.  Sometimes I don't feel like going for a walk, but I still go anyways.  I know it's hard to believe, but sometimes I just feel like laying in my bed instead of going out on a leash.  My weight is back up to 17.2 pounds.  My target weight is 15 pounds, and this last little bit of weight is really hard to get off.  It's hard to believe that I've taken off over ten pounds, so I'm still proud of myself. 

I'd like to give a shout out to everyone else who's had a step backwards during their weight loss plan.  Just keep on stepping!  Giving up seems tempting, but keep working toward your goal.