OK, cat people, before your hair stands up on end, this latest finding about dog ownership has been heavily researched, with a huge sample size over an 11 year span. So, no hissing please.
According to a story from Fox News, a longer life benefit is especially true if you’re a stroke or heart attack survivor who lives alone. Heart attack survivors living alone who owned a dog had a 33 percent lower risk compared to those living alone who did not own a dog. Strokes have similar positive numbers.
“The findings that people who owned dogs lived longer and their risk for cardiovascular death was lower,” said Caroline Kramer, M.D. Ph.D., and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.
That's just for one dog. Since I have 5 furry friends, I'll be living a LONG time. I'm going for 120.