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Thanksgiving Woof: 86% of Americans Say Thanks to Their Dog

26 November 2015  

So, it turns out that in America, many of us are thankful for, and to, our pets. 

According to Milo’s Kitchen, maker of doggie treats, “Americans want to ‘say thanks’ to our four-legged friends this Thanksgiving for enriching our lives in surprising ways that we often don’t fully appreciate.”

Milo’s Kitchen took a survey, and found that:

86% of dog parents say thanks to their dog for “comforting me immeasurably”

71% say thanks to their dog for “reminding me to seek out more joy in life”

64% say thanks to their dog for “making me look forward to going home”

63% say thanks to their dog for “making me more patient and responsible”

It’s been known for a long time that our pets can help with our mental and physical health. In fact, according to WebMD, studies have even shown that petting a dog can lower your heart rate!

Milo’s Kitchen points to 27 definitive ways that dogs make a major impact in our everyday lives:

1. Stress relief

2. Staying active and fit

3. Lower blood pressure and cholesterol

4. Comforting us

5. Encouraging social interaction

6. Coping with depression

7. Teaching us about love

8. Health alert detection

9. Companionship

10. Allergy deterrent

11. Mood enhancement

12. Heat therapy

13. Improved dating possibilities

14. Study help

15. Bringing joy and happiness

16. Personal security

17. Family conflict resolution

18. Encouraging responsibility

19. Making us more patient

20. Reinforcing good habits and routines

21. Keeping us on schedule

22. Teaching parenting skills

23. Anti-bullying

24. Improving literacy

25. Self-esteem and pride

26. Immune system support

27. Personal assistance

So, on this Thanksgiving day, don’t forget to reach over and cuddle your cat and hug your dog. Maybe you might even want to sneak them an extra treat!


Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.