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Benefit of Owning a Dog

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We have a Flag Day, a Grandparents Day, but why not have a day where we can celebrate our four-legged friends, a day to appreciate man's best friend; well that day does exist. Today is National Dog Day.

"The bond between dogs and people go way back. It's an ancient one and it has been a really mutual beneficial relationship,” said Kathrynn Hohmann, development director of Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter.

Dogs are not meant for everyone, but if you are thinking about getting a dog, there is one out there for you.

Hohmann said, "Dogs fit into so many different people's lives, whether you are raising a family and they can have fun with the children.”

In addition to dogs being excellent playmates, they are also known to benefit your health.

"Dogs can help lower your blood pressure, get you outdoors, connect you with other people; they are that catalyst between people and other people who love animals it is a natural combination," said Hohmann.

Along with dogs helping your health, they can also help the blind find their way as seeing-eye dogs. Dogs are also perfect companions for people suffering post-traumatic stress disorder as they often bring happiness to their owners and help bring out feelings of love. The Heart of the Valley looks for the natural connection each K-9 has with humans when finding a pooch the perfect owner.

Mohmann said, "So whenever we can make that match that is what makes our world go round."

Bozeman was recently named the second best city for dogs to live by DogFancy magazine. The magazine evaluated recreational opportunities as well as veterinary access.

If you are interested in getting a furry friend of your own, or would like more information on Heart of the Valley visit their website.