Most dog owners already have a not-so-sneaking suspicion that their canine BFF is filled with super powers and special magic no hooman can quantify. That very well may be the case, but now science has officially confirmed that dog owners live longer!
Researchers at the University of Missouri conducted quite possibly the coolest (and most adorable) study in history. Through observing and studying dog owners and non-dog owners, they found that adults over the age of 60 tend to live longer with a canine companion.
An elderly dog owner who enjoys longs walks with their pup tends to have a lower body mass index . This daily exercise and companionship leads to better overall health and less visits to the doctor. Plus, beyond the physical benefits of walking your pooch, dog owners experience more social interaction with other humans as well as bonding with their pet. Exercise, unconditional dog love, and more opportunities to get out there and socialize extend our lives in the most beautiful way, so keep on adopting and rescuing and encourage your elderly loved ones to explore the benefits of dog ownership!