Dogs May Boost Immune System In Children


A new 6 year study of 9,000 children published in the European Respiratory Journal indicates having a dog in the home may lower the risk of children developing a reaction to airborne allergens like pollen, mold, and dust mites.

Blood samples from children living with dogs had fewer antibodies to allergens like dust mites, which would seem to predict a lower occurrence of allergic reactions. However, the same children did not seem to have lower rates of asthma or allergic rhinitis.

These seemingly contradictory findings may mean the protective effects of living with a dog shows up later in children. The study has followed the children from birth to 6 years and will retest them when they are 10. So don’t run out to get a dog just to protect your kids from allergies.

Check out this previous post on how living with dogs and cats may protect children from stomach bugs.

Bunny Tracks Rug


I saw this great rug in Dwell. It’s a simple white rug livened up with rabbit tracks so it looks like some bunny has been hopping through the snow. I love it! The rug is called Silence and was designed by Permafrost in Norway.

Mod eiCrate For Dogs

modcrate2.jpgThe nifty eiCrate designed by Peter Pracilio for Go!PetDesign goes beyond the old idea of a a crate being a boring box with its rounded pod shape. It comes in several different finishes and you can also get a nice looking cover for it and a pad for inside.

The ieCrate is really only for smaller dogs or cats, but they’re apparently working on larger versions. True, the pod shape isn’t as efficient a use of space as a traditional box-shaped crate and it can’t double for a carrier, but if you’ve got the space and money, I think it’s a lot more interesting.