Are pets really good for us? (Pacific Standard)
A quibble I had with a recent book on therapy dogs was that it was relentlessly positive, as if nothing but good could ever result from keeping a dog. That may be true for people who have highly trained, well-mannered therapy dogs, but I would have liked more balance. On the other hand, some of the recent studies on the connections between dogs and blood pressure, immune system response, etc., are pretty compelling.