In case you have any doubts that pets can be good for humans, consider the following blurb from the June 5, 2009 issue of The Week.
Scott Seymore was debating whether to euthanize his 9-year-old bulldog, Brittney, who was dying of stomach cancer. Instead the Grand Rapids, Mich., man decided to give Brittney steroids to ease her pain in her last few weeks of life. Seymour’s decision paid off last week when his house caught fire and a barking Brittney woke him up. Both master and pet escaped safely. “She never, ever barks when I’m sleeping,” said Seymour. “She was demanding that I get up. And it saved my life.”