Gina Vaynshteyn
March 23, 2015 8:10 am

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.

They mature kind of quickly.

By the time your puppy is a one year-old, he or she is already 15 in human years. So, enjoy their youth while you can!

Puppies are literally born as tiny balls of fuzz, and not much else.

Puppies are born blind, deaf, and toothless. And so cute you just can’t stand it.

Um, puppies are super fluffy and soft.

They’re warm, so snuggle up against them this winter!

They’ve got this weird but cute attention problem.

Puppies only listen to the first syllable of a word. So for example if your puppy is called Winnie the Pooch (true story), they will only hear you say “Win.” Also, if you notice that your puppy is getting sick of some of their toys, just hide them, wait a few weeks, and re-introduce them again! They’ll be so excited, they won’t even remember they already chewed on that exact same rope.

Taking care of a puppy is a good work out.

They require tons of exercise, so if you’ve been meaning to revamp your work-out routine, just go running or rollerblading with your pooch!

They will love you unconditionally, for ever and ever. 

Need I say more?

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