Man's best friend

Image shows a male Dogs Unite participant holding his dog in his arms, giving it a kiss.

It’s a relationship that’s been tens-of-thousands of years in the making, but it’s really not hard to see just why dogs have always been man’s best friend.

From cheering you up, to putting the “fur” in furniture, here are some of your top reasons why you love your canine companions.

You’ve got a friend in me...

“We might speak an entirely different language, and be an entirely different species, but Joseph is my best friend. I’d go mad without him.” 
- Jo

According to the 2015 Great British Dog Survey, an incredible 85.4% of you told us that their favourite thing to do with their dog was just to be together – and we’re not surprised!

They’re always there, ready and waiting with a kiss and a cuddle when we get home, and their love is unconditional. It’s hard to feel lonely when you’ve got your dog by your side.

"I’ve lost count how many times I’ve stood in the rain to get her back in from the garden, but despite all of that she has brought so much happiness and joy to my life; my stress levels are pretty much non-existent."

- Vicky

Get those paws pounding!

We all know that going for your daily dog W-A-L-K can do wonders for our fitness, but there are so many other ways that owning a dog can keep you healthy.

From reduction of stress and decreasing blood pressure, to increased socialisation, and adding meaning and purpose to our day-to-day lives, your dog could even be prolonging your life – just by being themselves!

Turn that frown upside down!

“I love Duke because he never fails to make me smile” 
– Lea.

It’s no secret that dogs can brighten even the darkest day, however your dog doesn’t have to be a service dog to provide you with a little therapy. From acting the clown to much needed sleepy cuddles – your dogs are there for you when you need a little cheering up; and even better? Petting a dog has been proven to reduce stress, and your heart rate!

There are currently over 5,000 guide dog owners living with sight loss every day across the UK. By signing up to Dogs Unite’s National Dog Day sponsored dog walk, you and your four-legged hero can help create another life-changing partnership.

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