Got a pet? Of course you do. Exercise with her? Maybe yes. Maybe no. Either way, it’s time to take a survey!

Since we’re usually hashing and rehashing research here on Dolittler, I thought it might be apropos to help contribute some raw data of our own for a change. This time, its about human exercise and animal-keeping. And who among us is NOT interested in this subject?

After all, this is a topic near and dear to our hearts. We all know animals keep us healthier so now's our time to prove it. (No selection bias intended, really.)

This opportunity comes thanks to Dolittler reader Cindy Lentino, a graduate student of exercise science at George Washington University. Because her master’s thesis deals in pet ownership and human health issues, she [wisely] enlisted my help in this project. Here’s her low-key pitch:

“You are invited to participate in a research study under the direction of Dr. Amanda Visek of the Department of Exercise Science, at The George Washington University. The purpose of the survey is to assess health and physical activity levels of adults in the U.S. of pet-owners and non-pet owners.

Taking part in this study is entirely voluntary and the questionnaire is anonymous. If you choose to take part in this study, you will be asked to fill out an electronic questionnaire which is estimated to take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. You may stop your participation at any time. Your participation in this research study has the potential to benefit both science and humankind.

While you may not benefit directly from the study, your time is greatly appreciated and for every completed survey received, $1 will be donated to various charities that benefit animal welfare, including, the Humane Society of the U.S. and the Best Friends Animals Society.

There is the possible risk of loss of privacy or confidentiality because of internet security. However, every effort will be made to keep your information confidential and to safe-guard your responses by using a secure electronic survey program.

Should the results of this study be reported in journals or at scientific meetings, the people who participated in this study will not be named or identified.

The Office of Human Research of The George Washington University, at telephone number (202) 994-2715, can provide further information about your rights as a research participant. If you think you have been harmed in this study, please report this to the Principal Investigator of this study, Dr. Visek, who can be reached at (202) 994-3997 or at .

For further information regarding this study or the results of this study may be obtained by contacting Cindy Lentino, the student-investigator, at .

To ensure anonymity, neither your name nor signature is required in completing the survey.

Your willingness to participate in this research study is implied when you click NEXT and proceed with completing the survey.Thank you for your time and participation!”

OK, here’s where you berate me for supporting any study that promises to [potentially] support the HSUS. Since you all know how I feel about that, you can be sure I’ll be talking to Cindy about it. But don’t let it keep you from participating. I can promise you it won’t deter me, not when I know I’m getting a rare chance to have my say––in statistical terms, this time.


For a reprisal of an important Dolittler post on chronic renal failure treatment in cats, surf over to my DailyVet entry for the day.