5 Ways A Dog Helps Your Health

Dogs are fantastic companions who bring all sorts of joy to our lives. Through them we can learn to open our hearts and live a life of meaning. Dogs also have very a very practical impact on our lives and our health, as we will discover here!
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Click the link below to learn 5 ways a dog can help your health and join the conversation on the blog.

Can Having A Dog Help You Live Longer?

Could a puppy prescription be a new treatment for old age?
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The dog-lovers among us have felt this to be true for a long time. I have certainly seen the benefits with my own eyes – but science has confirmed that owning a dog helps you live longer and healthier.
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Click the link below to find out more on the blog!

Why crying during Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is good!

One minute I can be watching a movie, then all of a sudden the emotion wells up and then… Know the feeling?
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“A good cry.” The positive and negative going hand-in-hand. Crying can be seen as an expression of sadness, a cue that we need comforting. But there’s more to it than just that.
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Click the link below to learn more–Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is certainly a tear jerker for many!

Dog Bucket List: 10 Fun Things to be Like Hachi!

Many of you have probably thought about your lives and come up with all the things you want to do before your time here is up…but what about your dog? For that reason, we must cherish the time we have left with them. Making a dog bucket list is the best way to do that.
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In Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, the professor and his pooch always had so much fun! This bonded them for life and cemented Hachi’s loyalty – which is what we all want.
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Think about all the fun things you can really do with your canine friend. Their loyalty and undying friendship deserves to be repaid in any way you can. Continuously taking your dog out for adventures is just one way to do it.
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They’ll be rolling over for belly pets with their tongue flapping with each activity you try!
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Click the link below to find out some of the very best things you can do with your furry friend for life.
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These are some of the best ways to do that – make your dog feel treasured for life! How do you make your dog feel treasured? Let me know in the comments!

9 Wonderful Ways Having A Dog Is Great For Children

In Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, schoolboy Ronnie tells the story of his grandfather’s dog and the huge impact Hachi had on everyone’s lives. He describes Hachi as his hero and wins over his class with the tale of Hachi’s extraordinary loyalty and dedication.
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Kids and dogs are a great match. They are innocent, open and wholehearted in their love and verve for life. They know a kindred spirit when they see one!
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My own childhood dog was named Hush Puppy. He was a precocious little escape artist of unknown breed but looked like a black and white, long-haired dachshund terrier. He was a lot of fun and quickly became my best friend. I was a shy child, so he helped to bring me out of my shell. Sadly, one day he escaped our yard… never to return.
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I still think of Hush Puppy all these years later. The bond we form with our dogs is precious and our childhood pets fill us with great emotion.
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Dogs act as a child’s friend, protector, confidante and fellow mischief-maker. It’s a beautiful bond. Let’s take a look at 9 wonderful ways having a dog is great for children on the blog.
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Question of the day: Did you have a dog when you were a child? Share your special memories in the comments. What other ways do you think having a dog is so great for children? Join the conversation in the comments on the blog!

Do you love your (Hachi) dog more than humans?

I take lots of photos on my travels like most of us. Except, the majority of my holiday pictures are of the local dogs! When I walk down a street I’m often not looking at the people, but dogs. If you find yourself thinking that you care more about your dog than you do about humans… you are not alone.
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A series of experiments by philosophers and psychologists have shown some people, in some situations, care more about dogs than humans!
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Is this as shocking as it might seem at first? Click the link below to read the full article and find out how many people would choose to save their dog over a stranger in a life-threatening situation.
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Question of the day: Do you sometimes feel more sympathy for dogs than for humans? What about all the wonderful qualities dogs have? Let me know in the comments!

Why does your dog go so crazy when you get home?

Whenever I had to leave Hachi I knew I would be getting a crazy welcome when I returned. I used to have a vacation home in Honolulu… when I came home Hachi would be looking out the window for me and go frantic with wiggle-waggles! He’d do an excited happy dance, hopping all around. It was the cutest!
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Even when I was in the city, Hachi would be waiting at the door and break into his wild dance steps when I walked inside.
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It’s adorable – and a great welcome home – but why do our furry friends do this?
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Dogs are just pure love and joy – they can’t help but express it. So when they are happy to see you, you really know about it!
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How does your furry best friend welcome you home? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments.

Understanding A Dog’s Emotions: Why They’re Our Best Friends

It can often take a lot when understanding a dog’s emotions. There is something truly special about the bond between us and our dogs. For centuries we’ve kept them as our companions, allowing them to hear our greatest fears, know our biggest dreams, and witness our lives when we are at our most vulnerable.
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We let dogs into our personal lives, allowing them to be more than just a pet – they quickly become our best friends. I felt that my Hachi had such admirable qualities – a certain calm, centered energy. I truly tried understanding a dog’s emotions when connecting with him.
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And while we’ve been able to experience this relationship firsthand, it’s been hard to explain why dogs can create such deep bonds, especially when they don’t even speak our language.
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But now, thanks to new research, we’re learning why dogs have been our best friends and why they will continue to be. Find out more and continue reading on the blog.
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When it comes to understanding a dog’s emotions, it’s all about your surroundings. What’s happening that causes your dog to act a certain way? Let me know in the comments. When you learn more about your dog, they’ll learn more about you, too!

Our Dogs Are Our Reflections

Our dogs are our reflections. I think we all have seen people who act just like their dogs — and vice versa. But why is that so? How do our dogs seem to be just like us?
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Do you remember that animated movie, 101 Dalmatians? It was such a unique movie because it showed a different side of the canine world. Of course, none of it is real, it was not based on a real story, but there is a part in it that is one of my favorites because it shows how our dogs are our reflections.
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It’s that scene in 101 Dalmatians right in the beginning when different owners are walking by with their dogs on leashes and the dogs look like their owners. Remember it? I like it because it is a visual representation of the fact that dogs do reflect their owners.
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Oh, not physically (well, maybe sometimes!) but mostly in behavior and attitude. Dogs are our reflections. That sounds a little funny, but it is true!
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Our dogs are our reflections in many ways. They often act just as you would given different situations. Treat your dog well and they’ll do the same to you! How is your dog a reflection of you? Read the article and let me know in the comments!

Living the Good (Hachi) Life – How Hachi’s Dog Tale Can Inspire Us All to Live Adventurously and in the Moment

My childhood is filled with memories of adventure – running through fields to catch mice, making friends with chameleons, hauling my little red wagon door-to-door to sell flower seeds to neighbors.
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Since I was little, I’ve been called to chase adventure. Rather than playing with dolls, I preferred to arm wrestle the boys. I craved action and wasn’t afraid to test the limits.
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True happiness is found in lovely moments, and you can experience those wherever you are. What is a memory that you have where you felt true happiness? Read the article and let me know in the comments!