A dog is still man's best friend, according to a survey released by Link AKC. The company surveyed 2,000 dog owners regarding how their dog affects their mental and physical health and the choices they make, confirming what mankind has known for centuries: Dogs make excellent companions.
Ancient History Encyclopedia confirms that dogs have acted as cattle herders, hunters, protectors and companions for mankind as far back as the ancient Egyptians. This survey considered more than just the working aspects of dogs, though, and delved into the bond that exists between a man and his beast.
Of those who responded to the survey, 82 percent credited their furry friends with increased mental and physical health. Sixty percent of those surveyed believed that in some way, their dog took care of them. Many appreciated the feeling of security they found from having a dog. Others loved that their dog was the perfect listener for all their problems, with 73 percent of those surveyed sharing secrets with their dog they wouldn't tell anyone else.
The bond between dog and master goes even deeper for some. Twenty percent leaned on their dog for mental and emotional support while going through a bad breakup. In addition, 40 percent of respondents said that their pet helped them get through the loss of a loved one.
This loyalty and love isn't just a one-way street. More than 50 percent of dog owners said they ditched social events to spend time with their pet. Seventy-five percent never want to be separated from their dog at all, and 80 percent of dog owners surveyed said they would end a romantic relationship if their partner and pet could not get along. Now, that's love!