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Do you love your dog more than coffee?

How much do you love your dog? Okay, I love my dog more than chocolate - and that's a lot! A new survey (see below) has discovered just how much we do love our dogs - and what it is about them that endears them to us. It's good to know our dogs are so well loved, but we do sometimes run the risk of losing sight of the other humans in our life.
For example, the other night at my training session the instructor was explaining how much benefit our dogs can get from massage. She told us that gentle rubbing could de-tox their muscles, and she demonstrated with her dog, talking to him softy as she did so. Her husband was taking part in the class, and he piped up hopefully with, "My legs have been aching." To which the instructor replied without raising her eyes from her dog, "You'll be fine!"
Ah well, never mind, four legged friends and family members can be so much easier than the tow legged. They deserve to be celebrated:
- Shares Dog-Friendly Spots and Searches for Top 10 “Togetherful” Cities -
ST. LOUIS, MO, August 4, 2009 – Dogs have always been man’s best friend.  But, according to a new national survey of dog owners, our four-legged companions are playing an increasingly important role in many Americans’ lives.

According to the survey, which was conducted on behalf of Beneful® brand dog food, 95 percent of dog owners agree that spending time with their dog lifts their spirits and 92 percent say their dog helps them enjoy life’s simple pleasures.  Nearly half of the dog owners surveyed (48%) say they could not live without their dog on a daily basis – more than their morning cup of coffee (35%), television (35%), car (26%), cell phone/BlackBerry (23%) or even best friend (15%). And, nearly two-thirds of the dog owners surveyed choose their dog as an ideal travel companion, more so than their siblings, parents, co-workers and in-laws. 

To celebrate the joyful life people share with their dogs, Beneful today launched, an interactive, online destination where dog lovers can find and share everyday adventures with their dogs.  WagWorld offers visitors the opportunity to find new dog-friendly places to visit, add their favorite places to go with their dogs, write reviews, upload pictures of themselves with their dog and pass along their favorite posts to friends and family.

In celebration of the WagWorld launch, Beneful is announcing its search for the Top 10 Togetherful Cities in America, the dog-friendly locations where dog owners and their dogs can enjoy daily adventures together. Dog owners are invited to visit WagWorld to “buzz” about their favorite dog-friendly places.  The 10 cities with the most activity on, including postings, reviews and photo uploads, between July 27 and September 27 will make the list of Top 10 Togetherful Cities in America that will be announced in October 2009.
“Dog lovers know that life truly is better together with their four-legged friends. Our dogs are our best friends and help make everyday full of play and adventure,” said Matt Ferch, Beneful® assistant brand manager. “We created WagWorld to celebrate the relationship between dog owners and their best buddies and to provide them with a place where they can discover and share dog-friendly places wherever their adventures may take them.”
Additional survey findings include:
The Perfect Sidekick
Many dog owners surveyed noted that it is the everyday activities in life that they enjoy doing with their dogs such as going for a walk or a run (59%), driving (44%), running errands (27%), and taking their dog on vacation (22%). In addition:

  • Nearly a third (31%) of American dog owners spend at least 8 waking hours with their dog; women are nearly twice as likely as men to say they spend the majority of their day with their dog

Life is Better Together
As Americans refocus on life’s simple pleasures, they are taking more comfort in the companionship of their dogs.

  • Over nine in ten dog owners say that they take comfort in coming home to their dog during these uncertain times
  • Nearly 91% say that their dogs makes their life more fulfilling
  • When asked what it is about their dogs that makes life better when they are together, 80% of dog owners said it is that they are always happy to see them; 75% said it’s their unconditional love; and 63% note that it was their reliability and always being there for them.

To find out more about and the search for the Beneful Top 10 Togetherful Cities, visit


277 - Tripawd Superdogs, GB Senior Agility World Championship Team, Tuk's Law and the escapee kitten saved by a dog

In a bumper, bonanza, bulging at the seams episode, hear the inspiring story of the Tripawd Superdogs inspired by photographer Sarah Loveland's own three legged dog. History in the making, as the first British team enters the Senior Agility World Championships. Tuk’s Law campaigns to stop dogs and other pets being put down without the owner's knowledge. Daisy the escapee kitten was saved by a search and rescue dog, and her story is worthy of a Disney movie!

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.