February 2019

Past and Upcoming Events

Our Valentine Kissing Booth at the Calvert Brewing Company was a loving success!

Thanks to all who participated and volunteered their time. Special kisses to Tyler Cotton, Adriel Borromeo, Alina Benitez, Julie and Jaylin Rivas, Natasha Morgan, Alexus Kellerman, Leigha Cromartie, Phoenix, Lila Pavelec, Teri Stumpf, Paul Nadler, Kathleen Parke, Virginia Jones, Jasmin Manning, Keva Michelle, and Teresa Ruiz!

Our next event will be the St. PAWtrick’s day celebration at the Calvert Brewing Company Sunday, March 17th 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00. The event will feature the Hunt School of Irish Dance. Come in your greenest attire and join us for a beer and fun!

Please mark your calendars – our next General Bowie CLAW meeting is Saturday, March 16h, 2018 at the Bowie City Hall. April 28 is the date for our annual Meet and Greet at Bowie Town Center Food Court lawn, and May 4 features the Texas Roadhouse Dine to Donate FUNdraiser. We invite you to join us at all these events, and volunteer to help make them a success for animals. Just send an email to bowieclaw@gmail.com.

Did you know having a dog can be good for your heart?

If you have a dog, you already know how warmth and comfort they bring to your life. But did you know science has found evidence that having a dog may help improve heart health? According to the Harvard Medical School, having pets is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Multiple studies have shown that people who live with dogs have lower blood pressure than those who do not. Scientist think this may be because their dogs have a calming effect on them, and because they tend to get more exercise (walk the dog!).

In addition to this, there is some evidence that living with a dog is associated with lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. One study focused on this area of work found that people with dogs had lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels than those without dogs. These differences weren’t explainable by diet, smoking, or body mass index (BMI). However, the reason for these differences is still not clear.

Dogs’ have a calming effect on us and appears to help us handle stress. For example, some research suggests that people with dogs experience less cardiovascular reactivity during times of stress. That means that their heart rate and blood pressure go up less and return to normal more quickly, reducing the effects of stress on the body. Petting your dog has an important role as studies have shown blood pressure goes down when a person pets a dog.

If you’re living with a dog (or two), or are thinking about it, the potential heart health benefits are big plus!

Pet Assistance and Support Program

We currently are supporting 63 animals: 43 cats, 18 dogs, a bird and a fish?! As many of you know, the PAS provides food, litter, toys, and necessary medical expenses to local residents who are struggling to afford their pets. Your participation in our fundraisers and your generous donations make this program possible! To learn more, or to volunteer to assist, please email bowieclaw@gmail.com.

See you at our general meeting Saturday March 16th!
Hey, federal employees! Please consider supporting Bowie CLAW in your Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) contributions this year! Our Campaign Number is 15690. And sign up online for Smile Amazon and iGive to support Bowie Citizens for Local Animal Welfare as you make online purchases. Thank you!