Wagging tails create smiling faces and happy moods according to a recent survey conducted by petbuzz. Most pet owners won’t be surprised to learn that 6 out of 10 of our furry friends are keeping us laughing for up to 14 hours per week.
Out of the 1,018 pet owner surveyed, 80% of dog owners admitted their dogs made them laugh for 1-2 hours a daily, while 50% of cat owners said their feline friends made them laugh for the same period of time each day.
The survey also revealed that almost three times the amount of women laugh more at their pets than men.
Pictured here is Linda Pulgar with her dog, Tasha
Here are some of the stories relayed by dog owners as they recalled their funniest pet memories:
Thinking of a special moment one dog owner said, “One of my funniest memories is when my Lurcher couldn’t decide which plastic bottle to choose in the woods. He would pick one up, then you could see him thinking ‘no want the other one’, then ‘no want the first one’, ‘no, the second’, ‘no, it has to be the first bottle’, then he would run off with it, then run back and pick up the second!”
Another told us their dog’s chasing reflections from CD’s hanging in fruit trees is what always brings a smile to her face while her dog chases the reflections and barks trying to get to them, before spotting his own tail and then trying to catch that.
Commenting on the findings on behalf of the eNewsletter Kim O’Meara said: “As a pet owner with both dogs and a cat filling my home, I can identify with the survey findings and when you consider the time our pets make us laugh over the course of a year you can see why cats and dogs are the nation’s favourite.”
Kim continued, “My dogs can make me laugh at any given moment – my Rottweiler has a shadow obsession, and at 8 years old I’m not sure this will ever disappear. My Labrador has the tendancy to think she’s a puppy even at 15 and my cat, well, her inability to catch the butterflies, but to always have a go attitude is something to be admired.”
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