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18 photos that show why dogs are good for our mental health
We love our dogs - and they seem to love us back. And that's great for our well-being.
Jessica
08.18.21

Dogs that are raised well are loving, caring protectors that you can always count on to be there for you, whether you’ve just walked through the door after a short errand or are sick on the couch for days.

There are plenty of mental health benefits to owning a dog (or cat!). Studies have shown that pets can help with depression, anxiety, and stress by providing companionship to ease loneliness as well as unconditional love.

Check out these 18 furry besties in action:

1. They love our littles

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This is one great babysitter that knows how to multitask. He knows that television is a great way to keep a child occupied. So, he even became her couch to keep her comfy and entertained. He also has the blanket ready for whenever she gets sleepy.

2. They make great travel companions

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Henry the Colorado Dog, Baloo the cat and their mom are travel junkies. These best friends are exploring nature together everywhere they can. Henry makes sure to keep his mom safe and warm on those cold nights in the tent.

4. They’re always eager to see us

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This lovable dog patiently waits for his mom to get home. Well, not really patiently because he is going to stare at that door until his favorite person walks through it! Hope he does not have to wait too long.6.

5. They’re always grateful when we take them somewhere “nice”

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His eyes went wide once he saw an entire aisle of treats. Those eyes might be wide and overwhelmed but they are looking straight at his owner. Those are also begging eyes, hoping to take them all home. He looks like a kid in a candy store.

6. They want to help us when we need it

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Tony was living on the street when Jesus Hueche rescued him. So, when Jesus fell off his roof onto the concrete and lost consciousness, Tony would not leave his side. Tony and Jesus have both wanted to save each other. What a loyal dog.

7. They have a sixth sense

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This adorable pup might not understand words but she knows her mom. Once her mom became pregnant, instead of laying on her bed like she usually does, she sleeps right on mom. She is even giving the baby some love with her paws over the stomach.

8. They give us unending photo ops

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These little puppies play together and sleep together. They even cuddle as close as they can with their paws over the pup in front of them. They must have worn themselves out to fall asleep in the grass.

9. They’re our “ride or die”

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She has the perfect passenger for her drive. This huge boy is loving life and probably cannot wait to feel the breeze blow through his fur. He is making sure that no one comes close to his mom with that protective glare.

10. They’ll always be our babies

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It does not matter how old this dog gets, it will always be her mama’s baby. These two are staring straight into each other’s eyes with pure love. These two were meant to find each other.

11. They let us know we’ll be missed

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Goodbyes are always hard but this was a really hard one for this good girl. She saw the luggage packed and knew a goodbye was coming soon but did not want to accept it. She made sure to get one last hug in before she had to be driven away.

12. They share our obsession with our babies

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Zoey became obsessed with hew new housemate from the very beginning. The baby is only three days old but Zoey cannot stop staring. She is making sure to keep her small distance because even she can tell that the baby is super fragile.

13. They’re there to hold our hands, literally and metaphorically

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This is one great dog. His owner explains,

“My service dog is trained to respond to anxiety. One of the ways he responds is by making you hold his paw.”

14. They help us heal

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Kelsey heard cries from his owner and immediately went to him to save his life. Kelsey laid on his owner and licked his hands and face until he was found. Kelsey saved his owner from frostbite and severe hypothermia. What an amazing dog!

15. They’re big goobers who love our attention

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No matter how big your dog gets, they will always be a lap dog when they want to be. This dog is never happier than when he is in his owners’ arms. That smile makes the weight and fur on their clothes worth it.

16. They are the most adorable distractions

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When your co-worker falls asleep on their job it usually upsets the workplace, but not for this co-worker. This adorable puppy fell asleep right at her desk. She might not have gotten any work done but she is adorable.

17. They check in on us when we’re under the weather

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When this dog mom does not feel well, she has an entire army of dogs to take care of her. They are very protective of their mom and they are going to make sure no one bothers her. If you want to get to her, you will have to through those three.

18. They give great hugs

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When you bring a dog into your family, you will have a loyal friend for life. This woman knows exactly that as her dog gives her the biggest hug. Most dogs have bigger hearts than some people.

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By Jessica
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Jessica is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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