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Dogs, Why We Need Them. Why they Need Us.

Reading the new LIFE magazine’s “Dogs, Why We Need Them, Why They Need Us” collector’s item and I am mesmerized by the stories and the photography!

LIFE magazine Dogs, Why We Need Them. Why They Need Us

While shopping at the supermarket and waiting in line to pay, I found the new LIFE magazine “Dogs, Why We Need Them, Why They Need Us.” The magazine is a collector’s item, so I decided to buy it.

The photography is phenomenal, the articles and stories are entertaining and informative. I learned that the dog population in the United States is roughly 90 million dogs and counting.

Many of us are dog lovers, and the proof is in the pudding “Marley and Me” six million copies sold and a blockbuster. “A Dog’s Purpose” book which not only was sixty-three weeks in a row on the best seller list but a movie was produced too.

Dog Ownership by the Numbers

Dog ownership

The pet industry is growing and will continue to grow in the years to come. The American Pet Products Association says that over the last 30 years pet ownership has gone from 56% to 68% of all households driven by differences in culture and behaviors.

The millennial and Generation Z consumers are embracing pet-ownership and pet-loving lifestyles to a far greater extent than their parents. Some statistics mention that baby boomers account for 32% of pets ownership, while younger generations account for 62% of pet ownership in the United States.

Pet Ownership Isn’t New

Dogs play many roles

Pet ownership has a long history. Egyptians had adoration for cats, but there are traces in their paintings that they owned canines too. Prehispanic cultures like the Aztecs praised the Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced “show-low-eats-QUEENT-lee”) or Xolo.

A hairless dog considered the Aztec dog of the Gods, a healer, occasional food source, and, most importantly, guide to the Underworld for those passing to the next life. Nowadays serves as a watchdog and family pet in many Mexican households.

Toki the Xolo says Happy National Dog Day!

We love dogs and they love us too!

Many say that a home isn’t one until a dog joins our family and becomes an integral part of our life. Depending on the breed and training a dog can play many roles. They are companion, a playmate, a healer, for service, to protect, and provide peace.

Our Bella is a therapy dog; she serves our family and the community bringing love and comfort to special needs children and the elderly.

Bella is a therapy dog

Many dogs are trained for protecting and serving in the military.

The last section of the LIFE magazine’s “Dogs, Why We Need Them. Why They Need Us” is all about that. The story about rescue dogs in NY’s ground zero reminded me of Mexico’s earthquakes tragedy. The last section of the LIFE magazine’s “Dogs, Why We Need Them. Why They Need Us” is all about that. The story about rescue dogs in NY’s ground zero reminded me of Mexico’s earthquakes tragedy.

Dogs can be Heroes too!

Meet Frida the Rescue Dog and Considered a Hero

I am from Mexico, and I experienced the 1985 Mexico City earthquake which struck in the early morning of September 19th. More than 10,000 people died as a result of the quake, some 30,000 others were injured, and an estimated 250,000 people were left homeless.

Thanks to rescue teams that came from Asia, Canada, and Germany bringing rescue dogs many people were able to be removed from the rubble, and that created the need for having rescue dogs specialized in earthquake rescue.

Frida the rescue dog now has her own mural in Mexico City

Now, Mexico has one of the most recognized dog rescue teams in the world, making the difference in helping people everywhere they are needed. Frida is a rescue dog that belongs to the Mexican Navy, and she has been considered a hero by many, as she saved fifty-two people after the earthquake that happened on September 8, 2017.

God creates them and we cannot live without them. They touch our hearts and soul. And even afterlife they are there watching our steps.

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13 thoughts on “Dogs, Why We Need Them. Why they Need Us.”

  1. Great post! I’m not one to normally buy magazines but I think I’d be very tempted if I saw this one in the store. I know my own dogs have greatly enriched my life, I wouldn’t want to be without them.

  2. Dogs play so many very important roles in our lives not just that of the family pet. Your Bella is so beautiful and I bet she gets lots of attention and is a hit with those she gives comfort to. Here at our airport in Toronto, they now have therapy dogs.

  3. A great way to celebrate just how wonderful dogs are. It’s hard to imagine I didn’t “get” my first pet until I was 25, never grew up with animals yet I haven’t lived a day since without them in my life. Life couldn’t possibly be as good without a dog to share it with.

  4. I love that Bella has touched your heart AND helps so many people. Yes! I’m a cat person but couldn’t agree more with this TIME article. Over the past three decades our love and devotion to our pets is so clear that we believe pets are more than animals…they are family. This is one growing trend I’m on board with!

  5. I saw this publication while waiting in line at Target, I almost bought it too. I believe we need each other too – life without pets is devoid of the unconditional love we can only get from a pet. Working dogs are incredible! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I couldn’t resist buying myself a copy of the magazine either! I’ve had dogs almost all of my life and I don’t want to imagine life without at least one. Dogs are amazing!

  7. I grew up with dogs and love spending time with my parents’ and friends’ dogs. I can’t imagine a life without pets in my home

  8. Bella is beautiful and you can see her open spirit in her eyes. I’m sure she’s fabulous at her therapy job. I am impressed by all the jobs dogs can do.

  9. I have always loved the photo-journalism of Life Magazine. I will definitely check this out. And p.s: Bella is adorable!

  10. Many people will never realize how important our Navy is to us..and that is okay! I spent the first 17 years of my life admiring dogs from afar until we found our family rescue pup.

  11. Dogs are truly magical beings! I agree with you – we definitely need them. One of the biggest things I get from our dogs is the ability to give love freely. It’s surprising how rare that is – but to be able to love without judgement or conditions is truly a blessing!

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