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November 2007 Horoscope for Pets

Unlikely Playmates

Animals at Play from Speaking of Faith on Vimeo.

What happens when a polar bear encounters a husky? Well, in this case, it was instant friendship and time to play. In this video Stuart Brown, a physician and clinical researcher who founded the National Institute for Play, describes Norbert Rosing's striking images of a wild polar bear playing with sled dogs. As the institute says:

We all know that play is fun, even joyful. It refreshes and energizes us. For centuries, thoughtful observers have recognized play as a central element of life, throughout life. Not only for children, but for working and retired adults. In play our burdens feel lighter and we are opened to new possibilities. But play goes even deeper –- it shapes our brains to make us smarter and more able to adapt in novel situations  . .  .

So now you have another bit of evidence (as if you really need it!) that playing with your pet is healthy -- for both of you.

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