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Letter From Publisher: Our Loved Children and Pets

Jul 31, 2011 07:49PM ● By Nancy Caniff

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“A cat will assume the shape of its container.” ~ Unknown

This month we extended our focus to specifically address our beloved pets within the pages of our annual children’s health and wellness edition. This led me to a bit of research to determine just how many of us are sharing our homes with our four legged friends. It’s a bit surprising! According to the 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes – including my own.

Take a look at our jam-packed Table of Contents this month and you’ll be amazed at the depth of interest covered. In terms of taking advantage of the last of summer days, Sandra Murphy shares ideas and tips on building a child and pet friendly backyard in “Everyone Outside”. In “Animal Intuition,” Mary Marshall explores the concept that animals may very well know what we’re thinking and feeling. As with the human species, a pet’s overall well being can be significantly boosted when natural balance is achieved.

As one of our regular departments, Healthy Kids is a continuous theme within Natural Awakenings. As I was growing up, the use of over-the-counter drugs was a tiny fraction of what it is these days. My mom often turned to homemade natural remedies, such as warm salt water rinses or a honey-lemon mixture to soothe a sore throat or cough, and a baking soda poultice to take the sting out of bug bites. Use of antibiotics was rare (and still is in my household). So, Lisa Marshall’s article, “Drug-Free Kids: Natural Alternatives to Common Medications” (page 12) struck a chord from earlier times that still makes sense today. It is encouraging to learn that many modern doctors are becoming wary of giving children drugs for every little thing when gentle and effective alternative options are at hand without the side-effects.

Finally, remember we are all children and life is short. I challenge every adult who is reading this magazine right now to go out today and enjoy something you once did in your youth, whether that means you find a grassy hill and roll down it or you see the ice cream truck and get in line for a tasty summer treat. Too often we adults get caught up in the wheels of life, so make it a point today to express your inner child. And then, share your enthusiasm and playtime with your pets ~ they already know you want to.

Wag More, Bark Less, Purr Often.
Nancy Caniff, Publisher

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