Woof, a word that more or less accurately describes the vocalizations of man’s best friend, the humble dog. No matter the breed, dogs are all amazing animals with their own unique personalities, eccentricities, likes/dislikes, and in general make life more entertaining than I could even attempt to describe. A dog is purely joy in fur lining ready to lick you to death while simultaneously protecting your home and strangely enough improving your health.
That’s right, move over cat people, dogs improve your health. Okay, cats can too… I suppose, but I’ve never been much of a cat person. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that having a pet is incredibly beneficial for your health (not to mention happiness), specifically by “decreas[ing] your Blood pressure, Cholesterol levels, Triglyceride levels” & “increas[ing] your opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities.”
Take that cats, the only time a cat would increase the opportunities for outdoor activity is if they got out of the house and you had to chase after them! Don’t worry cat people I’m gonna stop ribbing ya, and you’re all completely free to call me a bone head because I’m a pup lover.
There is one thing that the CDC isn’t mentioning, and that’s how a dog can be a good old-fashioned date magnet. Seriously, a good dog with a couple tricks can be the perfect lead-in to meeting a member of the opposite sex. Once upon a time I was kinda shy and awkward around girls… okay, perhaps that’s still the case, but my experience in the dating world tremendously changed when I was 18, all due to my Mom’s lovely little Maltese.
For those unfamiliar with Maltese dogs, let me paint you a word picture. They’re pretty small white haired dogs, roughly between 5-12 pounds, stand between 7-12 inches tall, and are the picture perfect incarnation of cuteness in physical form. Initially I’ll admit that as a teenager I wasn’t the biggest fan of this puppy at first, I mean I was built like a football lineman and walking down the street with this tiny dog next to me seemed a rather strange contrast.
But that first day taking that pup on a walk, let me tell you I didn’t realize how many attractive women were only a few blocks away from me, and let me tell you, if you’re a man whose just the slightest bit tongue-tied around the opposite sex, a cute Maltese is the perfect breed for you, cause roughly every 10 seconds he does something that makes a girl giggle or swoon into a frenzy of repeated “he’s so cute” lines.
But Man’s Best Friend can do more than just help you find a date, there have been scientific reports over the past two decades of dogs detecting cancer! That’s right, just about any old pooch can sniff out cancer, detect low blood sugar levels, and can even predict seizures before they happen. And while we are all familiar with Guide Dogs to assist the blind, many dogs are now being trained to assist our vets returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan (there are several of these experimental programs nationwide such as Pets for Vets, Canine Angels Service Dogs, and Paws For Purple Hearts just to name a few).
Pups people, they’ll keep you happy, sane and healthy, not to mention keep you entertained hours on end.