Can fit be a canine issue, too? Dogs and human health

I wrote this post two and a half years ago, in the before times. Now, in February 2022, we see that a lot of people have both adopted dogs and regretted adopting dogs. I’m glad I didn’t succumb to the pandemic puppy craze.

And yet. I’ve been more involved with my friends’ and family’s dogs (posting copiously about it). My dog friend Dixie is booked for a 2-day visit this week while her person is busy with lots of after-work activity. I love my friends’ and family’s dogs.

And yet. I’m starting to realize that the relationship between me and a dog that’s my dog, for whom I’m their person, is one that’s really different from being a dog auntie. I think I want to pursue such a relationship.

So stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy this piece from 2019.



This week, a couple of “having a dog is good for your health” studies came out. One of them , a systematic review of medical studies on associations of dog ownership with health, found a 24% reduced mortality risk across various groups in studies done in several countries. The other one other one found a 21% reduced mortality risk (risk of death from any cause) for people with heart disease. Here’s a bit more detail about this study from the journal commentary:

The effect was remarkably consistent across various demographic subgroups but was modified by the number of individuals in the household: single-person households with dogs were associated with a markedly greater reduction in all-cause mortality than multi-person households. Interestingly, the effect appeared to be somewhat larger for owners of more active breeds like pointers and hunting dogs, possibly due to their need for greater physical activity.

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