Featured Story: Celebrate Best Friends Day the K9 Way! By: Shannon

National Best Friends Day is Wednesday, June 8th.  There are many relationships we have in our lives that can be celebrated on this day.  Including the relationship we have with our pets! It is true, dogs can have best friends in other dogs and dogs are of course, “Mans Best Friend”.

The Dog-to-Dog Bond

While there are no studies to prove that there are true dog-to-dog bonds, as Care Specialists, we see it on a daily basis. Dogs actually look for each other while on walks or at the park. They greet one another with affection and often verbal joy. They even run to the gate of the dog park when they see a friend coming in. Dogs are social animals and part of their much needed mental stimulation can be social time with their “friends”.

Here are some BBB Friends:

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The Dog to Human Bond

Anyone who has a dog can tell you that the bond between humans and dogs is incomparable. Coming home after a long day to a tail wagging welcome, utter excitement, and unconditional love is one of the best parts of having a dog. The bond between humans and dogs has been displayed in many heartwarming stories. One of our favorites (and saddest) is the story of Hachi. Hachi was a dog in Japan who met his owner every day at the train station when he came home from work. Now, we are not condoning a dog taking himself on a walk, but how cute is that? After the owner passed away, Hachi waited at the train station everyday for 9 years and slept in a nearby rail yard at night. He made friends with regulars at the station (including a hot dog vendor). He never strayed from his owner even after he was gone. There is a statue at the Shibuya Train Station where Hachi waited. There is a movie chronicling Hachi’s life staring Richard Gere, if you are up for a tearjerker 🙂

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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the human–canine bond is influenced by emotional, psychological, and physical interactions that are essential to the health and well-being of both people and dogs.  The human–canine bond also pertains to working dogs, such as modern police dogs and search and rescue dogs.

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On June 8th celebrate your best fur friend and give your dog some extra love, go for a longer walk or even get him/her their favorite treat or toy!

 

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