Random Snaps by Kim Yanoshik

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I met Muffin and his lovely human the other day while strolling along Detroit Avenue. I always enjoy meeting my fellow Lakewoodites and their animals. And from what I've observed Lakewoodites love their animals - and afterall, Lakewood even has its own dog park! Researchers and experts agree that unless someone has allergies or is terrified of animals, pets are good for our health - both physically and psychologically. A pet can help prevent loneliness by providing unconditional love and companionship. Walking the dog helps people with dogs get regular exercise - and all of us can benefit from more exercise! Furthermore, research has demonstrated that pets can reduce stress and blood pressure in owners, increase longevity in people who have had heart attacks, and even help people with Alzheimer's disease relax and eat better! Not only does an apple a day help keep the doctor away; it appears that our furry or feathered friends can also help!

Kim Yanoshik is a Lakewood resident who often wanders around town with a camera slung around her neck snapping photographs of whatever strikes her fancy. In June 2008, Kim joined a loose group of photographers around the world who post a photo a day of the town where they live as part of City Daily Photo (citydailyphoto.com). Each day Kim posts a photo taken in Lakewood on lakewooddailysnap.blogspot.com of the people, places, and things of Lakewood which capture her eye. Recently, the Lakewood Observer approached Kim and asked her if she would share her quirky eye with the readers of our paper. You can catch Kim's Lakewood Daily Snaps @ http://lakewooddailysnap.blogspot.com/

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 6:05 AM, 04.08.2009