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I have a dog - Koon Yew Yin

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My mother died in 1943 when I was 10 years old and I inherited her blood disease called hyperlipidaemia. My body produces a lot more cholesterol than normal people. In 1983 when I was 50 years old, I had a heart attack and I had heart by-pass surgery done in London. At that time, Mayor Clinic in USA was only the other hospital that could do a heart by-pass surgery. My elder brother and one younger sister who inherited the same blood disease died about 30 years ago. Currently, open heart surgery is so common.  

As far as I can remember, I always have a dog and I must say that having a dog has definitely prolonged my life. I am now 88 years old and I walk and play with my dog for about an hour every evening. My favourite is a Labrador because it is always friendly and responsive.

 

10 Science-Based Benefits of Having a Dog

Unconditional love. Devoted companionship. Constant entertainment. Most of us dog lovers know that life is better with a dog. But is that knowledge based on a feeling—or is there something else at work? There is: Science.

Spending time with canine companions does wonders for your wellbeing. Recent research shows that owning a dog is good for you physically and emotionally. Dogs make us happier, healthier, and help us cope with a crisis—and can even help you get a date. Read on for 10 science-backed benefits of having a dog.

1. Dogs make us feel less alone.

Dogs can be there for you even when people can’t. They offer unconditional love, emotional support, and constant cuddles that help stave off social isolation. A small Australian study discovered that dog ownership reduces loneliness.

A national survey of pet owners and non-pet owners by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute found that 85 percent of respondents believe that interaction with pets reduces loneliness. Most agree that human-pet interactions can help address social isolation.

2. Dogs are good for your heart.

Owning a dog can help you live longer. A comprehensive review of studies published between 1950 and 2019 found that dog owners had a lower risk of death. Studies suggest that dog owners have lower blood pressure levels and improved responses to stress.

Even just living with a dog makes a difference—people who had experienced previous coronary events had an even higher level of risk reduction for death. Research has concluded that the bond between humans and dogs reduces stress, which is a major cause of cardiovascular problems.

3. Dogs help you stop stressing out.

Your canine companion can offer comfort and ease your worries. Multiple studies show that dogs and therapy dogs help alleviate stress and anxiety.

Even just petting a familiar dog lowers blood pressure, heart rate, slows breathing, and relaxes muscle tension. Scientists at Washington State University discovered that just 10 minutes petting a dog can have a significant impact. Study participants had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone.

4. Dogs help us cope with crisis

Dogs help us recover psychologically from a crisis. Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine discovered that military veterans with PTSD do better both physiologically and psychologically when they have a service dog. Veterans with a service dog had significantly fewer symptoms of PTSD and showed improved coping skills.

5. Dogs encourage you to move.

Those long treks along sidewalks, trails, and paths add up. A 2019 British study discovered that dog owners are nearly four times more likely than non-dog owners to meet daily physical activity guidelines. Dog owners spend nearly 300 minutes every week walking with their dogs. That’s 200 more minutes walking than people without a pup of their own.

6. Dogs make you more attractive—even virtually.

If you’re looking for a date, it might be time to get a dog. A dog’s presence may make people appear more likeable and attractive.

In a series of studies, men were more likely to get a woman’s phone number when they had a dog with them. In another study, researchers asked individuals to rate people in photographs and found that people looked happier and more relaxed when they appeared with a dog.

A study by Pet Wingman found that men and women swipe right more when they include a profile photo of their pup. Women benefited more than men with dogs in their profiles. (And finding Fido photos on your camera roll shouldn’t be a problem—a study found that 65 percent of dog owners admit to taking more photos of their dog than their significant other.)

7. Dogs make us more social.

Walking with a canine companion can make us more approachable and give people a conversation starter. Think about how many times you’ve talked with other people, whether they’re your neighbours or new friends at the dog park.

Researchers have found that about 40 percent of dog owners had an easier time making friends. Dogs are the perfect way to get to know strangers and form new friendships.

A study at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University concluded that people who have a strong attachment to a pet feel more connected in their human relationships and their communities.

8. Dogs are so adorable they make us love them

There’s a reason why puppies are so irresistible: a dog’s facial features possess an “infant schema.” These “social releasers” trigger an innate caregiver response in humans. So the next time you can’t stop watching that dog video, know those big eyes and floppy ears are scientifically appealing.

9. Dogs make us happier

Just looking at a dog can lift your spirits: a 2009 study in Japan found that staring into your dog’s eyes raises your level of oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone.” Besides the general health benefits of owning a dog, they are natural mood boosters. Those with AIDS are less likely to suffer from depression if they own a pet, according to a 2017 study.

10. Dogs help seniors with cognitive function and social interaction

Studies exploring the effects of dogs on seniors found positive results. One study found that pet therapy improves the cognitive function of residents with mental illness in long-term care. Another showed significant decreases in agitated behaviours in seniors with dementia and improved social interactions.

A four-footed best friend provides unconditional love and support, which is especially important during tough times. Though people may think we’re taking care of our canine companions, it’s mutual: Dogs take care of us, and science confirms it.

 

 

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gemfinder I like labrador...
11/04/2021 8:30 PM
Taehyung Fully agreed. Dog bring joys to our life...
11/04/2021 10:18 PM
davidkkw79 Uncle KYY is implying his dogs....
11/04/2021 10:25 PM
scenery like that Pee Wee I would never eat any vege from neighbours lol....
11/04/2021 10:27 PM
i3lurker pee wee

maybe the vege taste so nice because you eat dog meat satay?

quite a lot of roadside satays are from dog meat actually.
Most buyers dun know about it.
11/04/2021 10:48 PM
scenery Never use dog or cat feces, they are contaminated..
11/04/2021 11:05 PM
maggiemee Got dog also run
12/04/2021 12:09 AM
Lai Peng Chin Please don't defame roadside satay sellers. Chicken meat is so cheap and easily available, why should they use dog meat?
12/04/2021 1:42 AM
Sslee It is claimed that the first time the phrase ‘man’s best friend’ was used, was in 1789 by King Frederick of Prussia.

“The only, absolute and best friend that a man has, in this selfish world, the only one that will not betray or deny him, is his DOG.”

Dogs react more strongly to the scent of their owners, the part of the brain associated with enjoyment and positive emotions lit up when they were given their owner's scent. Your loyal dog does recognise you. The same patterns in humans would usually be associated with love.
12/04/2021 7:12 AM
Alfonso Good job Uncle khoon, at least this time u never buy sell call. Yes, this is something u should post more instead of bring people to holland. Thanks Uncle.
12/04/2021 7:39 AM
EatCoconutCanWin Find a sexy girl and have fun. Dog is dirty..
12/04/2021 7:43 AM
skyz When KYY promotes a dog, adopt a CAT instead.
12/04/2021 9:16 AM
sink or swim .. my problem dog chased the postman , but I also remember it killed a snake trying to enter my house
12/04/2021 10:13 AM
LossAversion Sorry....I am no animal lover, dogs or cats !!! I can't stand them shitting!!!
12/04/2021 10:15 AM
Sansing Talk abt shares lah! uncle !
12/04/2021 5:39 PM
Supermax2020 I have hamsters!
12/04/2021 5:55 PM
EatCoconutCanWin i have an apple pen!
12/04/2021 5:56 PM
cheng3333 having a dog is OK if you do not have a baby . otherwise it is a disaster waiting to happen.
12/04/2021 6:10 PM
Ohlincaufun Post removed. Why?
12/04/2021 7:25 PM
arv18 i have hair. i have hand. i have scam.

nama saya fool you yin. saya seekor anjing.
12/04/2021 11:00 PM
AK2899 ah pek lost in supermax lost until sot jor ?
12/04/2021 11:56 PM
Zuliana Why why Lots of loyal dogs in Boosa loyal to???
13/04/2021 12:01 AM
Integrity. Intelligent. Industrious. 3iii (iiinvestsmart)$€£¥ KYY shares willingly. It is interesting to read his wide interests. Any advice for the younger members here on how to grow a happy family? Thanks.
13/04/2021 6:27 AM
Sslee A happy family?
Life is about choice and sacrifice. You can't have cake and eat it too.
13/04/2021 6:45 AM
i3lurker Never trust people who donate money coz they have a lot of sin in their life.
13/04/2021 8:14 AM
Sslee Some of our politicians go for umrah every year.
13/04/2021 8:28 AM
Sslee For me I just confess my sins to goddess of mercy one a year is good enough
13/04/2021 8:31 AM
speakup I guess KYY's dog is underrated.
13/04/2021 8:35 AM
speakup LOL!
13/04/2021 8:35 AM
LuoLi KYY is implying u people are dogs following his call.
13/04/2021 1:01 PM
JeevS Those who don't get the meaning of his article, i really cant say much about you guys hahaha! So damn obvious already when you read the title
13/04/2021 3:25 PM
qqq3333 lucky chap.....luck or dog? Its luck.
13/04/2021 4:36 PM
qqq3333 dog also need luck.
13/04/2021 4:37 PM
qqq3333 maybe dog in KYY house better than humans in poor man house.
13/04/2021 4:38 PM
stockfreak SC will arrest your dog as well.
13/04/2021 4:39 PM
qqq3333 role of luck in one's life is under rated.
13/04/2021 4:40 PM
qqq3333 88 years old still healthy, luck or dog?
13/04/2021 4:51 PM
Zuliana Who is the dogg?
U know and I know lah.
So obvious.
Oso can’t see kah?
13/04/2021 6:42 PM
Zuliana Who is the dogg? Who is the Master?
U know and I know lah.
So obvious.
13/04/2021 6:43 PM
uncle ConYY The dogs are underrated
13/04/2021 11:28 PM
scenery He is talking about himself, when he went to Lambo every now n then, to help his old sxx partner ular/dragonslayer to pass her sin to me. The snake made him too HIGH until he became psycho. haha

Posted by i3lurker > Apr 13, 2021 8:14 AM | Report Abuse

Never trust people who donate money coz they have a lot of sin in their life.
14/04/2021 10:53 PM


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