Today (Aug. 26) is National Dog Day!

photo (1) According to the recent “Milo’s Kitchen Dog Happy Survey” — a national survey of 3,000 U.S. dog parents by the Milo’s Kitchen dog treat brand — our four-legged friends enrich our lives in surprising ways that we often don’t fully appreciate:

A BETTER LIFE

  • 86 percent of dog parents say their dog “comforts me immeasurably”
  • 71 percent say their dog “reminds me to seek out more joy in life”
  • 64 percent say their dog “makes me look forward to going home more than anything else”
  • 63 percent say their dog “makes me much more patient and responsible”

So, it’s no surprise that 73 percent of dog parents buy their dog a special gift (especially dog treats) at least once per month.

MILO KITCHEN’S “27 WAYS THAT DOGS IMPROVE OUR LIVES”

The study also uncovered 27 ways that dogs make a major positive 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

For more information, visit http://mktreattruck.com/2015/08/24/milos-kitchen-27-ways-dogs-improve-our-lives

To see each of these 27 ways in action, watch the “Thank You, Doggy” video below:

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In honor of National Dog Day, Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods, has announced the top dog names and breeds in the U.S. — because dogs are neighbors too!

TOP DOG NAMES IN U.S.

1. Bella
2. Lucy
3. Max
4. Daisy
5. Bailey
6. Buddy
7. Molly
8. Charlie
9. Maggie
10. Sadie

TOP DOG BREEDS IN U.S., AND MOST POPULAR NAMES FOR EACH BREED

1. Mixed breed – Lucy
2. Lab – Bailey
3. Chihuahua – Coco
4. Golden retriever- Bailey
5. Dachshund – Lucy
6. Boxer – Rocky
7. Shih tzu – Gizmo
8. German shepherd – Max
9. Yorkshire terrier – Sophie
10. Beagle – Daisy

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To pay tribute to its office pooches for National Dog Day, Unique Vintage took a look at a day at the office from the eyes of its four-legged best friends. They say in a good workplace your coworkers become your second family and since every day is “Bring Your Dog to Work Day” at the Unique Vintage corporate headquarters and storefront, the company prides itself on having a pretty diverse and fun second family to pass the workdays alongside.

Unique Vintage is all about furry family and friends, but for National Dog Day the company took that appreciation up a notch by strapping a GoPro on one of the online retailer’s longest-tenured office pups, Alexander. Take a look at Alexander greeting his office family, hitting the gym, visiting with his favorite bulldog in the sauna, and helping a boxer choose fabric swatches. You’ll also get a peek at the other office dogs and how they help their owners get their day-to-day jobs done.

Check out the video below:

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Does your dog get excited at mealtime? Check out the video below from HooplaHa.com to see playful pets jump, squeal and beg for some mealtime grub:

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