Dogs and water, an almost inseparable combination, with results that delight users on social media and a hashtag that has been viewed 2.6 million times on TikTok, while #dogwater has over 550 million views.
A video of Charlie the Labrador desperate to get in the pool posted by Lori, @zuker74 on TikTok, has amassed nearly 700 thousand views on the platform has led one user to comment, “WOW. Don’t take him to the ocean or you’ll never see him again.”
In the video, which has nearly 80 thousand likes, Charlie can be seen inside looking longingly at the pool through the back door, while his owner Lori says, “Ok Charlie, when I let you out, don’t knock over any of the plants, just go in the pool, nicely. Ok…listen sit down. Are you ready? Ok but don’t knock over the tomato please, ok?”
Charlie is then released into the backyard where he enthusiastically jumps straight in the pool, while Lori can be heard saying, “He’s not very graceful but he’s very, very happy, and that’s all that matters. He makes me laugh.”
One user wrote, “He understood the assignment” while another commented, “Am I the only one hoping he would completely destroy the tomato on the way to the pool.”
It is a pretty well-accepted idea that dogs make people happy, even watching videos of dogs make people happy and the hashtag ‘dog’ has 275 billion views on TikTok.
According to the American Kennel Association, dogs have been scientifically proven to make us happier in a number of ways. They reference an Australian “national study of pet owners and non-pet owners by the Human Bond Research Institute which found that 85 percent of respondents believe that interaction with pets reduces loneliness. Most agree that human-pet interactions can help address social isolation.” On a similar note, they found that 40 percent of dog owners had an easier time making new friends and joining new social groups, as you automatically have something in common with other dog owners.
Mental health and wellness website Help Guide agrees, citing that pets can be good for our physical health as well as mental. They found that “Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets” and that “Pet owners over age o65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.”
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