My in box is filled with press releases every month for all kinds of new products, books, beauty regimens and more. Most I discard or tell the PR team I’m not interested. However, last week I was intrigued when the team from veterinarians.org wrote to tell me that March 23rd is National Puppy Day. They shared fun facts and figures from a recently published study about dogs and human relationships that I thought my readers would find of interest, particularly the facts about women and dogs.
My grand pups are part of my family
While I’m not a dog owner myself, I am a grandma to two dogs, my daughter A’s cavapoo puppy O and my son D’s girlfriend S’s golden doodle M. I learned a great deal about puppies and dogs while helping train puppy O this past summer at my condo on the corner at the Jersey shore.
Like a good grandma, I love both grand pups. I buy lots of toys for them, enjoy taking care of them and enjoy giving them back after the caregiving is over. Both A and D frequently send pup pictures to me. The pups make me smile and are an important part of the family.
Women and their dogs
What are the benefits of having a dog best friend? The study* revealed that dogs provide women with a connection akin to a family member, a better night’s sleep and trusted opinion on potential partner. It also showed that:
– A dog’s gaze induces a release of oxytocin, “the love hormone,” which is linked to a strengthened emotional bond between mothers and babies.
– Women are more intuitive to dogs’ emotions than men because they have a higher emotional sensitivity.
– Dogs who interact with women are 220% more likely to be treated like people versus dogs who don’t interact with women.
– Single women place more value on how a potential partner interacts with their dog than single men do.
– Women are more likely to view dogs as members of their family.
– Women sleep better next to dogs than they do other people.
Will I get a dog during my life after 60?
Several friends and acquaintances suggested that I get a dog after my husband passed away. I resisted because of my travel schedule and wanting more flexibility once I was retired. Those reasons still hold true 14 years later. However, I feel I have the best of both worlds, I get to be a grandma to two adorable pups.
Do you agree with these facts and figures about women and their dogs? Do you consider your dog part of your family? Leave a comment and LMK.
*Note: All facts were supplied by veterinarians.org