One of my best friends is a serious dog lady. Right after graduating college, she adopted a sweet terrier, and the two of them have taken on the world together. The well-trained dog is a frequent volunteer at nursing homes (and quite the hit with residents.) My friend even had photos of the dog included in her engagement shoot. It’s safe to say her puppy buddy brightened her life in a number of ways. When you open your home to a new canine pal, you get a funny, loyal friend for life, and there are some serious benefits of owning a dog, according to science. Basically: dogs are the best. They can help you stay healthy and happy.
It turns out your four-legged buddy can have a tremendous positive impact on your physical and mental health, as well as your social life. After all, all those walks encourage you to get exercise and meet your neighbors. In honor of March 23 being National Puppy Day, which celebrates puppies and advocates for their adoption, here is a look at the many ways bringing a dog into your life can be beneficial for you both. For more information (and lots of adorable dog pictures) read on.