National Dog Appreciation Day

According to the recent “Milo’s Kitchen Dog Happy Survey” — a national survey of 3,000 U.S. dog parents by the popular Milo’s Kitchen dog treat brand — our four-legged friends enrich our lives in surprising ways that we often don’t fully appreciate:


* 86% of dog parents say their dog “comforts me immeasurably”

* 71% say their dog “reminds me to seek out more joy in life”

* 64% say their dog “makes me look forward to going home more than anything else”

* 63% say their dog “makes me much more patient and responsible”

As a result, it’s no surprise that 73% of dog parents buy their dog a special gift (especially dog treats) at least once per month.


The study also uncovered the definitive 27 ways that dogs make a major positive impact in our everyday lives:

1. Stress relief

2. Staying active and fit

3. Lower blood pressure and cholesterol

4. Comforting us

5. Encouraging social interaction

6. Coping with depression

7. Teaching us about love

8. Health alert detection

9. Companionship

10. Allergy deterrent

11. Mood enhancement

12. Heat therapy

13. Improved dating possibilities

14. Study help

15. Bringing joy and happiness

16. Personal security

17. Family conflict resolution

18. Encouraging responsibility

19. Making us more patient

20. Reinforcing good habits and routines

21. Keeping us on schedule

22. Teaching parenting skills

23. Anti-bullying

24. Improving literacy

25. Self-esteem and pride

26. Immune system support

27. Personal assistance

For more details on each of these 27 ways, visit (and link to) the following article:

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