If a dog attacked you and left you traumatized, I feel you.
I still remember when my good old pal Dusty thought my face was a piece of steak.
Kind of like this…
but he was a big Chow Chow.
In Dusty’s defense he was one of the many homeless dogs I liked to bring home (as a child) to feed/bribe into being my best friend.
Besides the occasionally lapse in consistent behaviors, a.k.a a bad day, dogs have proven themselves to be our loyal companions through thick and thin.
Additionally, did you know that dogs can:
1. Improve Your Self Esteem:
“Taking care of a pet can help give you a sense of your own value and importance,” Cook says. It will remind you that you are capable — that you can do more than you might think.” Source: WebMD
2. Provide Emotional Support:
“Goldsmiths College released a study that showed more dogs will approach someone who’s crying or in distress than someone who is not. This shows that dogs are empathetic and are eager to help comfort humans in pain”.
3. Reduce Stress at Work:
“A recent study from the Virginia Commonwealth University found that employees who brought their dogs to work experienced lower stress levels throughout the work day, reported higher levels of job satisfaction, and had a more positive perception of their employer. ” Source: Inc
4. Make You Happier:
“People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who don’t have pets. They also visit the doctor less often for minor problems.” Source: WebMD
5. Improve Your Heart Health:
“Several studies have shown that dog owners have healthier statistics for several cardiovascular criteria, including blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels than non-owners. Additionally, studies have shown that heart attack sufferers who have pets have longer survival rates than those who don’t.”
6. Protect You Against The Flu:
“Owning a dog may improve the health of children in that household, according to new research from the University of California, San Francisco. In a study of mice, researchers found that the house dust from homes with dogs worked to protect against a common cold strain, the respiratory syncytial virus.” Source: ABC News
7. Encourage You To Get Fit:
“A survey of dog owners, conducted at the University of Western Australia and published in Health Promotion Journal of Australia in August 2008, revealed that dogs are great motivators for walking because they:
- Provide a strong motivation to maintain a program
- Are good walking companions
- Provide good social support when exercising”
Source: The Bark
8. Improve Your Social Life:
“Polls show people trust others who have dogs more than just random people walking on the street and are more likely to go up and interact with them. Even if you live alone, having a dog has the same emotional benefit as that of a human friendship.” Source: Mental_floss