Studies Show That Having a Dog Helps People Have Longer and Better Lives

I’m sure that this won’t be news to some of you.

Dogs and people go together like peanut butter and jelly. Of course, your dog will eat your peanut butter and jelly when you’re not looking, but I digress.

Dogs make us crazy happy, and a recent study gives us even more reason to bring these fuzz balls into our homes. Turns out, dogs help their owners live longer.

Published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, the study looked at cardiovascular research from between 1950 and 2019 for evidence that dogs decrease the risk of heart disease in owners.

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Well, they found it in droves. People who had survived heart attacks were less likely to have another heart related event and were also less likely to ultimately die from cardiovascular disease if they owned a dog. In fact, owning a dog was shown to boost heart health.

But researchers found it wasn’t just heart conditions dogs improved. The data from millions of patients over all those years of study also showed owning dogs lowered the rates of death from any cause. The study stated that dogs decreased the risk of dying by anything by 24 percent.

Health aside, according to a different 2019 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, dogs can also be credited to improving your overall quality of life.

Which is good, because if you’re going to live longer, you want a high quality life.

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Even participants who suffered from chronic pain reported more socialization and lowered rates of depression and anxiety.

Dogs are also shown to help people manage emotional and mental health, says a 2016 study published in the journal BMC Psychiatry. When participants mapped out their social structures, dogs consistently were placed as most central to their social lives.

Another 2019 study, this one published in the journal Aging and Mental Health, showed that older people received mental health benefits when they owned dogs. Having a pet around gave them purpose and decreased feelings of loneliness.

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Another segment of society benefitting from dog ownership is youths experiencing homelessness. The animals create a barrier to getting into shelters, but the yong people studied reported feeling more loved than those who didn’t have dogs, according to a 2015 report in Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

What about people who cannot responsibly take care of dogs in their current environment or situation? All is okay. Current Opinion in Psychiatry research from 2015 tells us that even interacting with someone else’s dogs or volunteering to take care of other dogs can be hugely beneficial.

So, the science is in: dog love is a health tonic.

Take a dog for a walk, scratch his ears, rub her tummy and soak up all the healthy goodness for a longer and happier fur-filled life.

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Heartwarming Videos of Dogs Getting Picked up from Daycare

I mean, come on… this is one of the best posts of all time. Because you KNOW what’s coming next.

These dogs are going to be so god damned happy to see their owners… you just KNOW it!

Get ready for the most cute you’ve seen in one post. Ever.

1. Come on! We’re going home!

2. Sugar is so sweet!

3. She remembers her leash!

4. Hey Lucy!

5. Not a mutt anymore!

6. Aussies get excited!

7. I love that name!

8. Archer is a jumper!

9. Look at that tail wagging!

10. Hey Aunt! Hey Aunt! Hey Aunt!

11. Arthur is one happy doggo!

12. Well, not all of them are happy…

Alright kids… what did you think? Most heartwarming, wholesome roundup of tweets ever?

Let us know what you thought in the comments!

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15 Tweets About Animals That Might Put a Big Smile on Your Face

It’s not as if you weren’t probably already aware that animals are hilarious. Most of the time it’s unintentional, but sometimes you’d swear they know exactly what they’re doing and how much we’re going to love it.

Proof? These 15 tweets right here!

Enjoy these precious moments. Because they won’t be around for long…

1. You’ll get it!

2. Hi. Bye.

3. Yo yo homie

4. There’s so much that’s right about this… but those cat situps!

5. Cutest. Dog. Ever.

6. Alright, listen here you little butthead…

7. Wiggle wiggle wiggle

8. dat frosh lewk!

9. Donald!

10. Same

11. Fruit of his labor…

12. HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!

13. Da best!

14. This is perfect!

15. BFFS!

Are you still saying “awwwwwwwww”? Because I am.

Alright kids… favorite tweet? Let us know in the comments!

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Tips To Help Dogs With Separation Anxiety 

Raising a puppy requires the same efforts and energy as raising a kid does. In fact, it may require even more. There can be a number of behavioral issues marching in your dog’s and your life. Well, with proper understanding and recognition, you may be able to prevent the condition by addressing it as soon as it signs. Before we dig deep, I have to ask you a question. Have you ever walked into your house with overturned furniture or blood-stained tooth marks on doors and windows? If your answer is yes, then you might be already familiar with separation

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Here Are Some Tweets About Dogs Who Might Melt Your Damn Heart

Pretty much every dog puts a big smile on my face, but these puppers are really going above and beyond the call of duty.

They deserve a day of snoozing in the sun and belly rubs for their efforts.

11. Why sleep in a bed when you have a dog?

10. They’re going to be best friends for life.

9. The dog, yes, but also the caption.

8. This guy is not quite as slick as he’d like to think.

7. You’ll get no argument from me!

6. This is just like having kids.

5. You’re going to want to make sure your sound is up for this.

4. My heart cannot take it.

3. I’m sure they thought no one was looking.

2. Whose day wouldn’t be brightened by Max?

1. They both look so proud of each other!

 

I hope their owners are ready to pamper these little sweeties!

Do you love browsing the web for cute dogs? Show us your favorite below!

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A Scared Dog Got Rescued Right Before Being Put Down, and Her Response Was so Sweet

More of these kinds of stories, please!

Bronwnye Mirkovich was looking for a new best fur-friend when he marched into a nearby shelter. He wasn’t anticipating finding “the one” that day, but there she was, waiting for him.

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The reason Mirkovich chose a shelter was to try to prevent an unadopted dog from being put down before the right owner came along. According to the Humane Society, six to eight million animals end up in shelters each year, and only half will be adopted.

Mirkovich was ready to give it a shot. He walked around the shelter checking out the animals ready to go to forever homes, when he saw a a matted, dirty, skinny Maltese mix called Edie. She was hours away from getting put down. Although she was shivering and looked as if she’d had a hard life, something about her called to him. He knew he had to bring her home.

At first, she was terrified and even defecated in the corner. She cried and growled. But Mirkovich was patient. He pulled her into his lap and petted her until she calmed. He’d already made up his mind.

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When Edie figured out what Mirkovich was thinking, she jumped up and pranced. Staffers cleaned her up and got her ready to go to her new home. She had a bath, a hair cut and some shots to get her up to date.

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The adoption was caught on video. By the end of it, Edie was a new, and happy, dog.

Shelter dogs make great pets. There are steps you can take to make sure you find the perfect addition for your family:

  • If you already have a dog, bring him or her to see if they are willing to be friends.
  • Follow your gut feelings about an animal rather than look for specific breeds.
  • Ask questions about health and background of any animals you think you could adopt.
  • Bring any paperwork you might need, especially your rental agreement.

Most importantly, don’t overlook your local shelters. There are so many dogs, cats and other animals needing homes. They will be forever grateful for your love and attention.

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Enjoy Watching These 15 Dogs Sneeze

Is there anything in the whole wide world cuter than seeing a pooch sneeze their little heart out? The answer is NO!

It’s totally adorable.

Check out these videos and photos of good boys and girls getting their sneeze on!

1. That is amazing.

2. This is what happens when you put your face directly into the plants.

3. A long build-up.

4. How on Earth did she figure this out?

5. Here comes a sneeze attack.

6. Get that dog a Claritin.

7. Don’t take your eyes off the burger.

8. Captured in the middle of it.

9. God bless you!

10. Now you can go back to sleep.

11. Extreme close-up.

12. Get rid of the bad feelings.

13. All dressed up and sneezing his life away.

14. A three-part series.

15. And we have a winner!

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#🔊 The most magnificent puggy sneeze🐘🤧

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I know a bunch of you out there must have photos and videos like this.

Post them in the comments!

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10 Pics of Dogs and Cats That Had to Wear the Cone of Shame

Now I’m upset…

This is always a sad sight. I remember when our dog Quincy had to have leg surgery, he had a cone around his head for a week or so. It was quite pathetic.

Buuuuuut, you gotta do what you gotta do so your pooch or kitty cat won’t eat the stitches in their body, and they can recover quickly.

Still, it is sad…I think we can agree on that.

1. Got a little helper.

2. He’s not feeling it.

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I do not like the cone of shame😑🙄

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3. At least she looks happy.

4. Handling it surprisingly well.

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My sweet, special guy has cancer 😰… He stars in his own YouTube movie called “Chinese is Fetching” – and it’s super cute if you want to watch it :)…. he and his siblings also have a YouTube video called “Licking Time” (but sooo many things come up under that so you have to go to my channel “Kerry Lea” or “Kerry Vera” to find it…) (it’s a musical)… I’m absolutely broken hearted that one day this guy won’t be in our lives anymore… BUT— he’s been so brave and courageous… living his life to the fullest and never complaining… he’s teaching me lots of lessons… ❤❤❤… #poorcat #conelife #coneofshame #elizabethancollar #conehead #poorbaby #catsofinstagram #catstagram #bestcatever #mypoorguy #bravecat #catwarrior #kerryveralea #chinesethecat #coneheadcat #myspecialboy #catrescue #cancersucks

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5. Dejected, but will survive.

6. He’s getting through it!

7. Doing it in style.

8. OMG, this is incredible.

9. That thing’s coming off soon!

10. He is NOT pleased.

Now, I know some of you out there have pics of your pets wearing the cone of shame.

Share them with us in the comments!

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These Dogs Are Giving the Cats of the Internet a Run for Their Money

Cats are and have been the rulers of the Internet for many moons. They run things, they’re the reason so many of us go searching for posts and tweets and gifs every day…but these dogs, y’all.

They’re giving those cats a real race for the crown.

12. Why isn’t there a dog makeover show?

Took doggo to groomer. Got a different doggo back from aww

11. When you get that perfect picture, you want to keep it forever.

10. Never challenge a dog in an eating contest.

9. It’s a puppy with a mustache and I have no further questions.

8. When you wake up reallllllllly thirsty.

7. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for that meddling stove.

6. He loves what he loves and he did what he did.

5. If this isn’t the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen I’m going to need pictures of what is.

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4. Finding your person changes your life!

Before and after adoption ❤ from aww

3. Being comfy and cozy isn’t just for humans.

2. You guys. My heart. Dogs are so perfect.

Taka is currently in training to become a therapy dog for burn units. His life experiences make him uniquely qualified to show that there’s light at the end of the tunnel for burn victims. from aww

1. I am now just a puddle of person and I’m not even mad about it.

 

Off to post some more adorable photos of my dogs. Take that, cat people!

Are you a cat person? Dog person? Think every animal deserves their day in the sun?

Let us know in the comments!

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Check out These ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Pooches Behind ‘Beware of Dog’ Signs

Be careful around these doggos because they’re obviously vicious killers who will take no mercy on your sorry soul.

And they’re behind those “Beware of Dog” signs for a reason, as you’ll see shortly. You might end up losing a finger or even your whole arm if you try to approach them, so KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.

Good luck.

1. Run! They’re going to maul you!

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2. Look at that vicious killer.

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#keepout #bewareofdog

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3. Took a while to find this little guy.

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#dogchow #dog #cuidadoconelperro #bewareofdog

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4. He might just want some pets.

Beware of dog! from pics

5. Awwwww. Wait, he’s vicious!

Beware

6. Definitely false advertising

7. He looks like a real monster.

Beware of Dog from aww

8. He just wants to play!

9. OMG, this might be the best one.

10. Get a load of this fella.

Beware of the dog from aww

11. A trained killer, no doubt about it.

Beware of Dog! (Because she is soooo vicious!) from pugs

12. Adorable, but a quiet predator.

13. Scaring all the people in the neighborhood.

14. Barely making it through the door.

15. This one is too scary.

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Terrifying junkyard dogs, all of ’em.

Do you have a pooch that’s as vicious as these dogs? Share a pic in the comments!

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