Boost your longevity with a dog

Lily is a three-year-old female border collie/Lab mix who would love a home with no cats but she does love other dogs.

Lily is a three-year-old female border collie/Lab mix who would love a home with no cats but she does love other dogs.

If you are looking for a quick way to improve your health and heart, look no further than our four-legged pals. Surprisingly, a recent study by scientists in Sweden confirmed that owning a dog improves health.

In the study scientists examined dog ownership records and health of 3.4 million people. Their findings are astonishing. They found that living alone but owning a dog is associated with 33 percent lower risk of death and 36 percent lower risk of heart disease.

The study also found that dog ownership was beneficial for those who don’t live alone, cutting their overall risk of death by 11 percent. The perks of owning a dog are more physical activity, companionship and love.

Who can resist a happy pooch waiting to shower you with love when you arrive home? Taking your dog for a walk can rapidly improve your activity level and health. Another possibility is that exposure to a dog’s germs, fur and slobber strengthens the immune system.

I know that Watson has improved our health by getting us out each and every day for a walk and keeping us on a schedule. He also shares his germs very freely with kisses. Gosh, with all the perks we get from Watson, we should be paying him for keeping us in training. Have a wonderful Christmas!


Folks to fulfill our Christmas wants list please check out the following items and help us supply them.

Donations for veterinarian bills. We have some animals who need daily medical items and we could use some help meeting the cost of treatment.

Volunteers to help build kennels. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

Warm blankets and towels for our kennels.

Folks to sign up for Amazon Smile program, details below.

Volunteers to walk dogs or play with cats. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

Aluminum cans, which we recycle to augment our shelter funds. We are unable to pick up cans because of trailer problems, but please continue to save them.


To the folks who have adopted our guests. We have said goodbye to Lexi, Phoenix, Sadie and Jimmy who have gone on to their happy-ever-after homes. A Four Paws Salute to all of you!

Make this the happiest Christmas ever by coming in to meet our wonderful guests. You can make a Christmas wish come true for a cat or dog looking for a loving home.


CAPS will be at Walmart in January with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by to get your pooch smooch. Christmas is coming and we have caps, shirts, and mugs so be sure to check out the merchandise after you have loved on our pup.


December Pet Holidays:

National Cat Month

To register in the AmazonSmile program, a website operated by Amazon. Customers enjoy many of the same selection of products, low prices and shopping features as on The only difference is that, when you shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by you.

Flower Tree Nursery will be raffling a 20-gallon blue spruce tree Saturday, and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.


CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is Please visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Do you have questions, comments or a great story? Contact me

Kathleen Williams-Miller, a CAPS volunteer, contributed this week’s column.


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