Dogs Can Rescue Us

Tuesday, September 20 > 7 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Virginia G. Young Room

In this year's One Read memoir "Bettyville," author George Hodgman befriends a stray dog and later adopts one from a shelter. Hodgman's connection with these two dogs illustrates what scientists have known for a very long time — that bonding with a companion animal can be beneficial for people of all ages. The unconditional love provided by a dog helps people learn to engage with others, feel loved and cope with a variety of health problems. Companion dogs can also help family members reestablish bonds with each other. Dr. Rebecca Johnson will discuss these and other benefits of companion animals, drawing on research of her own and other scientists. Johnson is the director of the Research Center on Human Animal Interaction at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.