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A few simple reasons why puppies are the world's best friends

FYI, today is National Puppy Day. Now, take the opportunity to ooooh and awwww over any puppy you see today even more than you normally would.

I love all animals equally, but there is something about puppies that make me melt into a puddle of cute. It is a truth universally acknowledged that owning a pet increases a person’s lifespan, so why not adopt a baby ball of fluff? OK obviously DON’T if you can’t take care of a puppy or want to live a life of no responsibility and sheer abandon (which we totally support).  But, if you want a pet, puppies are just about the friendliest creatures on earth; they protect you, love you, and want to be your best friend. And straight up, who wouldn’t want that? Here are just a few reasons why we’re obsessed with these fuzzy cuties. And Happy National Puppy Day to all the baby dogs in your life (of which I hope there are many).

The Puppies to Babies Ratio

At least number-wise. There are 6.2 million puppies born every year in comparison to 4 million human babies. So essentially, every baby in the world could be given at least one puppy. We support that motion.


Puppies lead the perfect life.

When a puppy is born, 90% of the time they are sleeping and other 10% they are eating. Nothing is better than a napping puppy. Nothing.


They are very talented. 

Puppies are very good sniffers. The percentage in their brain devoted to smelling is 40% larger than humans. They can smell things 1,000 times better than we can.


Puppies get lonely when you’re not around.

Since puppies are born with a litter, they are natural social butterflies. Most puppies are extremely social and love being around people.


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  • Pooja Bhaskar

    I would love to know where that information came from on number 3, purely because I’m interested. I tried googling for more information, but of course the only links that came up were for how to train your dog to listen to you better. My dog’s name is Sirius, so is “Sir” (like “sear”) the only thing he hears us say? On another note, we had an older dog named “Snoopy” when we got Sirius, and Sirius loved him. After Snoopy passed away, we adopted another dog who had already been named Scooby. We always wonder if Sirius can hear the difference between Snoopy and Scooby, and now I wonder if all he hears is the “Scoo” part, and how different from “Snoo” that sounds to him. Such interesting stuff! Dogs are the best. The absolute BEST. Thanks for the adorable fuzzy puppy pictures.

  • Lady Lee Anne Mendeloff

    It’s important to remember that adorable puppies do grow into dogs who are also wonderful companions. Far too many people out there dispose of their animals once they outgrow the cute puppy stage. Let’s encourage responsible pet ownership. Puppies are great, but dogs are also a girl’s best friend.

  • Starla Trotter

    Puppies ARE, in fact, just about the best, most wonderful, adorable thing on the planet, but I have to second what Lady Lee Anne Mendeloff said below. Puppies grow into adult dogs, who then become senior dogs and sometimes they need a LOT of care. It’s not all fun and games. Sometimes it’s expensive and heart wrenching, and losing a pet is extremely hard. BUT in exchange for the not fun parts, you get years and years of adorable, devoted, silly, sloppy love and that is the BEST kind. If people could only be as devoted to their dogs as their dogs are to them (that means walking, feeding, grooming, medicating, playing EVERY day) human kind could really evolve into a more noble race.

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