June 8 is National Best Friends Day, so we thought what better way to celebrate than to point out some reasons why dogs are considered man’s best friend. To put it simply, dogs are awesome. Whether they’re begging for your food or enthusiastically greeting you when you come home, dogs are sure to put a smile on even the grumpiest face. So, what are some of the more endearing reasons why dogs will always be man’s best friend? Read on…
1. Dogs have terrible short-term memories.
Human friends, generally speaking, remember all of the times you’ve wronged them. Dogs, on the other hand, have the “gift” of poor memory which means you can annoy them by doing things such as pulling on their tail, and your dog will forget all about it and treat you like their best bud within a few minutes.
2. Dogs have great long-term memories.
While your pooch will forget you pulling on their tail, they won’t forget the connection they share with you. The unconditional love between a dog and their human is truly a miraculous bond.
3. Dogs have your back.
Think of all the times your dog has come to your defense, protecting you from the mailman or that squirrel outside the window, or the times your dog has curled up beside you when you were sick or sad. Dogs are always there for you, 24/7, 110%.
4. Dogs can mimic your emotions.
Based on the tone of your voice and your body language, your dog can and will mimic your current state of mind. When you’re sad, they’ll look at you with big doe eyes. When you’re being silly, they will jump around being goofy with you. Humans might not respond to your emotions in a similar fashion, but dogs will always be there whether you’re thrilled, depressed, or anywhere in between.
5. Dogs are great cleaners.
Ever drop a morsel of food on the floor while preparing dinner? We’re betting your dog is on it before you can say “Oops!” Some leftover food on the plates in the dishwasher? We’re betting your dog has “helped” to clean it off.
6. Dogs are great motivational tools.
Dogs enjoy activity and play time, so take advantage of their energy and take them on walks, runs or hikes. They’ll be tuckered out and happy, and you’ll be on track to becoming healthier.
7. Dogs are super smart.
Intelligence varies depending on breed, but overall, dogs are some of the most intuitive animals around demonstrated, in part, by their multiple facial expressions and ability to recognize words and gestures. Fetch? No problem! Stealthy eat the cat’s food? Done!
8. Dogs won’t allow you to eat alone ever again.
Who wants to eat alone? No one, but, if you have a dog, you’ll always have a dinner companion. Of course, they’ll be sitting by your knee, begging for your food, but it’s still company.
9. Dogs won’t leave you hanging.
Ever make plans with a human friend only to have them cancel at the last minute? Well, that never happens when you have a dog. They’re there for you, and you’re never alone!
10. Dogs know how to live.
To put it simply, dogs live to eat, play, nap, eat again, nap again, score a belly rub, and sleep. While humans have certain responsibilities thanks to our “intelligence,” it sure would be nice if we could go through life like dogs, enjoying each new day and living in the moment.
So what are some other reasons why dogs are man’s best friend?? Share them in the comments below!