A True Best Friend
555 Paul Hardin Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
February 3, 2016
Dear Ms. Sarah Boyd,
I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Chapel Hill pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I have been doing research recently about the effectiveness of dog therapy and I found your request for an article that focuses on the interactions between humans and animals. Given the fact that your journal is well credited and my research fits the request you are looking for, I deduce that this will go along greatly with your journal.
Having a pet nowadays is a common thing in families all around the world. Whether it be a dog, cat, hamster, or fish, they are an important part of families. One of the most common household pet is a dog and a common saying of dogs is that they are “A man’s best friend”. Dogs are extremely energetic and will bring joy to anyone who sees them wagging their tail. However, dogs can do much more than just simply be family pets; they can neurologically and physiologically effect how you react around them or around a certain predicament.
While the neurological reasoning behind dog therapy has not always been known, its therapeutic effect has always been prevalent throughout history. Animal therapy, in records, originated from the ancient Greeks. Patients that were ill during this time would ride on the backs of horses to raise their spirits and make them feel calm. As time went on, different animals were used for therapeutic reasons. Dog therapy was derived from animal therapy and has become the most common type of animal therapy in the world today.
From here on in the article, I will be giving the neurological and physiological effects of human and dog interactions and show how each party is affected by one another. The findings are amazing because it shows why families will get so emotionally attached to their pets. To further prove my thesis that dog therapy is indeed effective, I will give the results from experiments that were conducted on two different scenarios: one was at a college library while another was done at a hospital. With all this evidence, my thesis should be proved by the end of the article. Also, the title of my findings (“A True Best Friend”) should make sense to the readers. I feel as if this read will not only be informative, but also interesting since the main focus is on dogs.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to hear back from you soon!