A dog is a man’s bestfriend. They’re loyal, protective, and most of all, fun to hang out with. Despite their tendency to break your stuff from time to time, their mere presence and the joy they bring into your life makes it all worth it.
Surprisingly, adding to the list of perks, latest research revealed another good reason for having a dog.
According to the experts, having a pet dog may add years to your life.
Recently, a team of experts from Uppsala University made a discovery regarding the effects of owning a dog. Their research involved 3.4 million Swedes that range from 40 to 80 years old. According to the information they gathered, no one from these participants had a history of heart diseases.
Researchers said that dog owners tend to be less prone from having a cardiovascular disease.
Researchers stated that their findings made them reach to the conclusion that most dog owners –particularly those who own a pure breed – are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
Furthermore, the positive effects of having a dog companion are a lot more prominent on people who live alone. According to Mwenya Mubanga, the lead junior author of the research from Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory at Uppsala University:
Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single household. The results showed that single dog owners had a 33 percent reduction in risk of death and 11 percent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction during follow-up compared to single non-owners.
However, despite all that, the connection between a longer life and owning a dog is still a glaring mystery.
The researchers have a few possible explanations regarding the matter.
According to Tove Fall, the senior author of the study:
We know that dog owners, in general, have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results.
That could actually back the notion up in a way, especially when you consider the fact that most people who own a dog tend to walk them every day, basically forcing them to engage in physical activities on a daily basis. Furthermore, Tove also added:
Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner.
Well, seems like those are already enough reasons to own a dog.
Dog Acts Weird Around Pregnant Owner, Apparently She’s Trying To Save Her
Dogs are apparently capable of detecting illnesses with a sniff, and this pup used her ability to save her owner from death.
All the while we thought that dogs can only be trained to sniff bombs and drugs. Apparently, they can also act as live MRIs that can detect serious health problems hiding beneath your skin. There are no scientific explanations yet or studies that claim dogs can smell illnesses, but this pup surely had some amazing way of saving her human from a deadly health condition.
Keola, an American Akita, seems to have a strong sixth sense which helped her detect her owner’s hidden sickness. She obsessively followed her owner, Alhanna Butler who happened to be pregnant that time. Nothing could calm Keola until her owners grew suspicious of her behavior. Thanks to her persistence in sending signals, Keola was able to help Alhanna and her baby escape from death.
A mom-to-be and her son were saved from death, thanks to their loyal pup named Keola.
Australia’s Rare Tree-Kangaroos Are Among The Cutest Animals on Earth
Sad that they are under constant threat of facing extinction though.
When we think of Australia, it seems kangaroos are one of those that instantly pop up in our minds. Members of the marsupials, these creatures have become the living icon of the country but over the years, you have probably not heard of the tree-kangaroo.
In a sense, tree-kangaroos are very much similar to regular kangaroos. The only difference is that they are fluffier and, more importantly, resemble small tree-dwelling bears. Hence the name. Although most of them call the Land Down Under a home, some of them exist in New Guinea.
Tree-kangaroos are also known for being elusive. This is why little to none is known about them and their behavior. While it is true that their exact population remains to be seen, they are said to face the constant threat of being hunted. This is not to mention the ongoing habitat destruction....
Japanese Diver Befriends Weird-Looking Fish For 25 Years
Sebastian is not the only friendly fish in the world with Yoriko of Japan keeping his loyalty to his diver friend.
Among the animals in the world, the dogs and cats are the most typical kinds to care as pets because they are warm, sociable and they display emotions as if they were humans too. As for sea creatures, no one of us probably imagined being best friends with fishes except for that tight relationship we saw between Ariel and Sebastian in a Disney film.
Surely, we have close encounters with dolphins. They let us feed them, they let us swim with them, they cling to us and do some more staff with us. Fishes are not the same. We can put a goldfish in a tank, but they are not as sociable as dolphins. Sheepshead Wrasses though can be different.