- They’re discussing where to go to church tomorrow.
Effie Awards: End Petlessness
The Oregon Humane Society won a silver medal in the Effie Awards — the advertising industry’s awards.
What I like about this campaign is that it is backwards from what we usually see with pet adoptions, making you feel sorry for the pathetic little creature and making the animals needs foremost. Instead, it makes the points that pets have something to give, something that we are missing out on if we don’t have a poet (or more).
But having a pet is a relationship and there’s give and take on both sides. Pets make us happy. But there are also health benefits.
The health benefits of having the right pet include:
Pets can decrease your:
– Blood pressure
– Cholesterol levels
– Triglyceride levels
– Feelings of loneliness
Pets can increase your:
– Opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
– Opportunities for socialization
(source: Center for Disease Control, Health Benefits of Pets )
Of course, having the right pet for you is key. But most shelters will talk with you about your lifestyle and steer you in the right direction.
I always get my pets from shelters. That’s partly because I guess like saving, but also because mutts have a more robust gene pool and the vet bills are lower. Also, I don’t really need a pretty animal to make me look good — that’s what avatars are for.
The Effie Award site has an embedded video about the End Petlessness campaign that made me smile. Follow the link on the right side of this page to Watch the video – about 3:30.
A rather long, but readable article from the National Institutes of Health article on how pets keep us healthy.
See the End Petlessness award page to see more details of the campaign.
ani sent me this cat.
“Those of us who have a TV and like to watch commercials/can’t be bothered to reach for the remote are facing a problem,” Hammas wrote in the group’s description. “Apoliva has begun to run a commercial that is frightening. A woman singing a Nordic/Swedish folk song in freezing rain with lightning. I am creating this group for those of us who need somewhere to seek support and talk things out. It’s only a matter of time before it creeps into our dreams and terrorizes us in our sleep.”
Stellare sent me this.
*As of today, the fearful Facebook group has well over 100K members.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A Facebook group for Swedes “scared” of a cosmetics commercial featuring a Swedish supermodel has gathered nearly 1,000* members.
Anders Hammas, the Swedish student who started the “I am scared of the girl in the Apoliva commercial” Facebook group, said he was inspired to protest the “horrible” commercial, which features supermodel Adina Fohlin standing in the snow and rain while a Swedish folk song plays, the very first time he saw it, The Local reported Wednesday.