We’re not sure how anyone could not love dogs, because we go weak at the knees whenever we see one and want to immediately pet it.
Not only are they responsible for putting a mile on our face, but new studies have confirmed that dog owners actually live longer than those who don’t own dogs!
The Swedish study of over 3.4 million citizens showed that they lower our mortality rates.
BBC news reports revealed that the study compared information from national registers of people aged 40-80, with figures from dog ownership registers.
Researchers found that those who had dogs had a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease - not only because of increased activity from walking a dog, but because dogs affect our micro biome.
Microbiome is the bacteria that lives in our gut, and living with dogs actually changes our home environment and introducers dog owners to bacteria non-dog owners would never be exposed to.
The British Heart Foundation’s Dr Mike Knapton spoke with the BBC to reveal, "Dog ownership has many benefits, and we may now be able to count better heart health as one of them. However, as many dog owners may agree, the main reason for owning a dog is the sheer joy."
Looks like our dream of owning a dozen puppies is actually good for us...