Most dog owners would rather hang out with their pet than people

More than half of American dog owners admit they flake out on social events to hang out with their pet, according to new research.

The study of 2,000 dog owners found skipping out on human commitments specifically to get a bit of quality furry friend time is a common occurrence.

That bond is understandable given the way they aid our mental health — from their ability to lessen relationship stress to softening bad days at work and more, the average dog gets their owner through nearly five (4.83) stressful events every week.

The results emerged from Link AKC, creators of a smart collar for dogs that pinpointed the mental, physical and emotional health bonuses of dog ownership and found many owners say their pet genuinely aided their ability to get over a breakup or handle the death of a loved one.

In fact, six in 10 survey takers said their dog often takes care of them in some way, shape or form, reinforcing the important two-way relationship between dogs and humans.

According to the study, 82 percent of dog owners noticed an improvement in their mental and emotional health thanks to their four-legged therapist.

Man and woman’s best friend has proven to be a reliable furry shoulder to cry on during major life events, as four in 10 respondents said they leaned on their pet to get through the loss of a loved one.

Another 20 percent said their dog has helped them get through a difficult breakup.

More than half of dog owners surveyed said seeing their pet when they come home makes them feel extremely happy and 88 percent said their dog made them a better person.

But that’s not the only way our canine friends help our overall health — owning a dog also motivates us to move more.

More than two-thirds of the survey takers credit their dog with helping them to exercise more regularly. Sixty-two percent of those polled say their dog gets them out of the house for a walk two or more times a day, with 68 percent claiming to have actually noticed improvements to their health as a result.

“The physical benefits of dog ownership are often the first that come to mind, but we’ve found the emotional and mental health benefits of having a furry companion are just as impactful,” said Herbie Calves, Link AKC CMO. “People consider their dogs members of their family and are looking for ways to connect and interact with them on a deeper level.”

Why own a dog? According to 55 percent of survey takers, “unconditional love” is the biggest benefit of dog ownership, followed by constant companionship.

Dogs are also great listeners. Eighty-one percent of responders said they talked to their dog like they were a friend and single responders were two times as likely to talk about relationship problems with their pooch.

Turns out there’s no better confidant than a dog. Seventy-three percent said they tell their dog things they wouldn’t tell anyone else.

Safety is also a significant benefit of dog ownership, with nine out of 10 respondents saying they feel safer with their dog nearby.

Seventy-eight percent of dog owners said they make life decisions based on their pet. More than half say they sometimes skip social occasions to hang out with their dog and 75 percent reported they did not like to be away from their little buddy at all.

Dogs aren’t the only loyal creatures, it turns out. Eighty percent said it would be a deal breaker if their romantic partner did not like their pet.

Our dogs are more than just pets, so it’s no surprise that the majority (71 percent) of those surveyed said they’d be interested in a product that let them virtually check in on their dog while physically apart from them.

“Dog ownership is a great responsibility but also comes with great physical, emotional and mental benefits,” said Calves. “Our goal at Link AKC is to provide dog parents with useful, insightful information to give them peace of mind that they are doing what is best for their dog, who in exchange [does] so much for them.”

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Widow leaves $300K to her cats

That’s a lot of Meow Mix.

A Bronx widow left $300,000 to her two cats in her will, along with instructions that the funds be used to make sure the felines, Troy and Tiger, would “never be caged” and always be lovingly cared for.

Tiger especially hit the jackpot. The former alley cat is now living the good life in sunny Ocala, Fla., dining on filet- ­mignon-flavored Fancy Feast and bedding down in a plush faux-fur bed with silk lining.

“He deserves it,” said Dahlia Grizzle, the former home health aide to the late Ellen Frey-Wouters, and now Tiger’s caretaker. “He’s a wonderful cat.”

Frey-Wouters, a Netherlands native who worked for the United Nations, died in 2015 at age 88. Her husband, a Brooklyn College professor, passed away in 1989, and the couple’s only child died in infancy.

“The cats were like her babies,” Grizzle said.

Lawyer Irwin Fingerit was a little surprised when Frey-Wouters suggested that she leave the large sum to her kitties, court papers show.

“I said I didn’t think, you know, $300,000 was necessary, and I pointed out the case of the Queen of Mean, Leona Helmsley, who left $65,000 to a dog and became sort of a laughingstock,’’ Fingerit said during a 2016 hearing about the gift. (Helmsley actually left $12 million to her Maltese, Trouble.)

“But no, no, [Frey-Wouters] insisted,” Fingerit said. “She wanted to make sure they were taken care of.”

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United Airlines’ latest scandal involves a dead dog

United Airlines is caught in yet another controversy surrounding the death of an animal.

The airline, which has the worst record for pet deaths onboard their flights, is being held responsible by a Houston family for the death of their 5-year-old King Charles Spaniel.

The Rasmussen family has claimed that United Airlines is responsible for the passing of their dog. In a report to an ABC affiliate, the family said their dog was in the cargo hold of the plane when the flight was delayed and held on the tarmac for two hours before taking off to San Francisco.

During that time in the cargo hold, the family says their dog died.

In a statement released to Fox News, United said:

“We are so sorry to learn of Lulu’s passing and have reached out to our customer to offer our condolences and assistance. We are deeply upset any time an animal suffers an injury while traveling with us and especially grieved in the rare instance that one passes away. We are conducting a thorough review of this incident.”

This is just the most recent accusation of animal deaths and cruelty that the airline has faced.

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This ‘a–hole’ rooster needs a new home

Take my rooster, please!

A fed-up woman from Michigan is giving away her “a–hole” rooster for free – because he wakes her up every morning at the crack of dawn.

Denell McCaul, of Clarksville, aired her grievances in a viral tongue-in-cheek Facebook post on July 26, according to Raw Story.

“At this point I don’t give a s–t what kind of home this inconsiderate jerk goes to: A–HOLE ROOSTER,” she said in the hilarious post.

“He’s the perfect rooster if your alarm is broken and you need to be awake at 5:30 a.m. That is his only setting, 5:30. He has no snooze button but will be quiet just long enough for you to fall back to sleep and then he’ll start back up with his obnoxious cock-a-doodle-doing right outside of your windows.”

McCaul’s rant continued, “It’s like he knows where you sleep and can zone in on that particular window so maybe he has some sort of special x-ray vision where he can see sleeping people behind walls.”

She said the crabby cock also doubles as an “interpretive dance” instructor.

“He is also a perfect rooster if you want to start running… around your yard… while you’re trying to get away from him,” McCaul wrote.

Her post was shared more than 74,000 times and racked up more than 36,000 comments.

It’s not clear whether McCaul had anyone take her up on her offer, though many suggested a more permanent solution – turning the rooster into dinner.

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