In case we didn’t have enough reasons already to love the dogs in our lives [Hi Lucca! -- Amelia], science has found that dog owners’ physical activity is the equivalent to someone roughly 10 years younger. A study published in the journal Preventative Medicine took a look at the lives of 547 elderly people (their average age was 79) living within 60 miles of each other. The participants who had dogs experienced notably lower levels of anxiety and depression, and it was also found that dog owners’ pups had a tendency to encourage them to include physical activity in their day that they otherwise would have skipped. The daily exercise prompted by the doggies can lead to a whole slew of secondary health boosts like a stronger immune system and healthier bones and muscles.
The dogs assisted their elderly humans in overcoming obstacles like bad weather, worries over personal safety, and lack of social support that can keep people cooped up and sedentary. Dog-walking in around the neighborhood was also thought to help study participants stay more socially active by offering them a means of meeting others in their community. Keep reading »
I’ve seen a lot of cute puppy videos in my day, but this one is especially sweet. A compassionate golden retriever pup can’t bear to see her older pal have a nightmare, so she comforts him in his sleep. The poor thing probably doesn’t even realize he’s just dreaming. BRB, melting into a million pieces. [TIME]
I don’t know where these Maine Coon kittens came from or how they can manage to match their movements so closely. All I know is that they’re so mesmerized by whatever it is they’re staring at that I can’t decide whether to find it adorable or slightly creepy. Let’s go with adorable. [Tastefully Offensive]
This is the Saddest Kitten Ever, who has yet to be given an official stage name but will surely be the interwebs’ next favorite feline. Grumpy Cat may look cranky, but this kitty looks downright sad. Her human, Ashley Herring, assures us that Saddest Kitten Ever has a wonderful life of kitty bliss, but that doesn’t seem to change her permanently pouty expression. Overnight stardom has fallen into the sad kitten’s lap, with over 370,000 views of her picture on Imgur in just three days. Are those dollar signs I see in those big blue sad eyes? It’s only a matter of time before the interviews with Anderson Cooper and customized t-shirts with this kitty’s face on them turn up. Herring is asking fans for stage name ideas, and names like Bojangles, Nugget, Meowancholia, and Happy have been suggested so far. Meh, I think we can come up with something cuter than that. Watch out celebrity cats, you have some competition! [Refinery 29; Daily Mail UK]
Jesse, a Colorado artist, got a huge surprise when she looked out her window and saw a pair of wild foxes exploring her backyard trampoline. It turns out that foxes enjoy gymnastics just as much as humans do. When the foxes realize how high they can jump, they can’t help but stick around to play! [YouTube]
If you feel like you’re staring up a giant mountain of endless to-dos this week, try to draw some inspiration from Dynamo the goat. This guy is determined to stay balanced on this inflatable chair, and if he can be so persistent about his goals, you can definitely get through your Monday. [Daily Dot]