Did you know that scientific evidence has proved that owning a dog can add years to your life? Research has shown that heart attack victims who have dogs live longer. A study of 92 patients hospitalized in coronary care units for angina or heart attack found that those who owned dogs were more likely to be alive a year later than those who did not. The study found that only 6 percent of patients who owned dogs died within one year compared with 28 percent of those who did not own dogs (http://www.holistic-online.com/stress/stress_pet-therapy.htm). Also, it has been shown that the presence of a dog in one’s life gives higher boost to one’s survival rate than having a spouse or friends! This fact is super amazing—you wonder how could a dog be better for my health than a friend or my spouse? Oh yeah, that’s right—dogs don’t come with drama! While your friends or your significant other have the ability to manipulate your feelings or affect your emotions negatively (which is terrible for your emotional health and could potentially lead to serious health issues), dogs don’t have that ability. Dogs make the best of friends: they don’t judge, they’re easy to get along with, and they will always be there for you and love you unconditionally. Research has shown that simply watching your dog sleep can lower your blood pressure. To me, dogs are a vital part of life: they bring emotional balance to your day to day routine, they add years to your life, and they make the best of friends. If you own a dog, consider yourself lucky!

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