One of my sacred duties her at Rainbow Bridge is to critique the many foolish studies that humans do concerning dogs. For the most part, I find these studies to be nonsensical, but there was recent research whose findings I earnestly champion. Pets bring real health benefits to their parents.
Of course, we dogs have been saying this forever. It is delightful that distinguished humans agree.
One of the findings the scientists discovered is that dog owners are more active, taking 2,760 steps per day more than nondog owners. (Under the “No Shinola” heading it also found that these steps a less on rainy, cold or snowy days.) It is our need for walks that prompts our owners to take these steps. They are not doing it for themselves they are doing it because they love their dogs
But taking a few more steps is not the only benefit we dogs gift to our parents. These researches missed the following obvious benefits:
Our parents bend over or squat three times as often as non-dog owners. All that poop retrieving and pee cleaning keeps our parents in excellent shape. If your folks are looking a little hefty pee on the floor a few time to tighten up those stomach muscles.
Our parents have great thigh and calf muscles from walking us and having to dig their feet into the ground when we see a vermin or another dog and try to charge after them.
Our parents are very attentive listeners when other humans talk. They have to be to be able to hear over our incessant barking.
Out incessant barking also makes our parents more patient than other folks.
Our parents have much stronger stomachs when it comes to encountering gross things due to the presents we drag from the woods and leave at their feet.
Our parents can assertively say no more than other people because they have to say it 100 times more a day than non-dog parents.
Our parents have cleaner houses than other people because they spend so much time cleaning up after us that they become excellent cleaners.
Our parents can type with one better than other parents because when they are on their laptops, they have to have a free hand to scratch us.
I think our contributions to improving our parent's lives are immeasurable.
But the biggest one is that dog parents experience a thousand times more love and non-dog parents. And that is the only stat that counts.