"Although there's much justified outrage at the unbelievably cruel acts committed against the North Vancouver sled dogs, such acts will likely happen again. This is because our fundamental mindset places animals on a lower category of life and thus judges them less worthy of humans' compassionate treatment. .... But while this travesty continues, the beautiful reality, as most loving pet-owners already know, is that a healing, symbiotic-like relationship can exist between both the (usually domesticated) animal and its human 'host'. Indeed, petting a dog or cat can reduce the human host's high blood pressure, among other health benefits".