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]
Maymo the lemon beagle had a birthday, and his humans treated him to 100 bouncy balls as a gift. One ball would have been exciting enough, but one hundred!!? What more could a dog dream of? Maymo is so excited that he tires himself out and we don’t blame him. [Gawker]
I never thought watching a dog’s little feet booking it on a treadmill would be so endearing to watch. This Sheltie has found himself a creative way to cheat on his exercise, and judging from the look on his face, he’s pretty proud of it! [Tastefully Offensive]
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s not working out so well for this puppy either. After the dog — who looks to be some sort of extra kissable pit bull — got his adorable head stuck in the center of a tire rim, his owners brought him (and the tire) to the local fire station in East Bakersfield, California. Luckily, the firefighters lathered the little guy up with some cooking oil and were able to free him safely. When it doubt, ask a hot fireman for help, as I always say! [Splash News] [Photos: Splash News]
Phillip and Sue Lauer have (at least) two big passions in life: their pugs Roxy, Blue and Bono, and the book/TV series “Game of Thrones.” Naturally, like any decent dog-obsessed nerds with a lot of time of their hands, they’ve meticulously recreated the HBO show with their pups playing the various characters, including Jon Snow, Joffrey Baratheon and Daenarys Targaryen. There’s even a puppy-sized Iron Throne that took two full days to make! Impressive. [Buzzfeed]