Skype with Your Dog?

Even dogs can stay connected socially

Staying socially connected is an important factor in keeping healthy and living longer. In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, researchers followed seniors over 10 years. In people 70 years old and older, the risk of dying decreased by 20 percent when people had a strong network of friends. Having social interactions with friends provided a greater effect than interactions with family members. So when friends move away and out of town, finding ways to stay in touch is important to keep your friendship strong and keep you healthy and living longer.

Having grown children living in other states has shown me the benefits of making virtual connections, using cell phones, social media, and, my favorite, Skype chats. There’s nothing like seeing your loved one to make a conversation special. Recently, a friend sent me a wonderful video showing how we two-leggers aren’t the only ones staying connected with out-of-town friends through computer conferencing. Check out these two terriers discussing the day’s sniffing, marking, and treats as they chat on Skype.

After getting some training on conversational skills from these terriers, start making your own connections with friends. It’s good for your health.

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