We ranked number fifth in a new listing of “The top 10 states that love dogs the most” according to a new study by Big Heart Health Brands. Florida was beat out by Tennessee, Washington, New York and California took the top spot.
The survey of 3,000 U.S. dog parents not only raked states where dogs were loved the most, but also provided many other insights on how we feel about our dogs. Some of the most significant were that 86 percent of dog parents tell their dog “I love you” at least once a month and 68 percent allow their dog to sleep with them at least once a month.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, the study went onto find 39 percent of unmarried women, 23 percent of unmarried men and 20 percent of all U.S. residents would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their dog rather than with a romantic partner. The top five most popular ways dog parents are celebrating Valentine’s Day with their pets are by specially telling their dog “I love you”, buying or making a special gift for their dog, posting photos and love notes on social media and including their dogs in a Valentine’s Day activity. But 73 percent already buy their dogs a gift at least once a month already.
Researchers discovered many ways dogs help make our lives better. Dogs help 18 percent of single men land more dates as well as 7 percent of single women. Other discoveries were that 86 percent of responders said their dog helps provide comfort, 71 percent said their dog reminds them to seek out more joy in life and a dog helps 65 percent become more loving as a person.
Do you look forward to getting home to be greeted by your dog? You are not alone; so do 64 percent of other dog parents. If you own a dog, you probably know all these facts already and don’t need anyone to remind you of them. But if you don’t have a dog to spend Valentine’s Day with, consider adopting one. There are so many reason why you should and how it can benefit your life.