Today I’m blogging about side-effects using examples of both good and bad. A pet companion is strong positive medicine. We’re rewarded with unconditional love and unfailing devotion according to dozens of studies. 1) A healthier heart– loving animals lower artery-damaging stress hormones (such as cortisol) by 8%. 2) A slimmer waistline– walking a leashed dog burns 75 more calories per hour. 3) Spending time with animals calms the central nervous system, reducing the risk of chronic stress and anxiety as much as half. One of the most popular mixed breeds is the Chorkie, the Yorkie crossed with a Chihuahua. We have one!