DOGS FACE THE TEST OF TIME
SCIENTISTS are out to prove dogs can help their owners live longer.
A University of Sydney team will put the physical, psychological and social benefits of owning a dog to a lab test to find out if dog owners live longer and are less likely to develop heart disease or depression.
The research is being led by Associate Professor Manos Stamatakis, who was indifferent to dogs until one pooped in his kitchen and hid in shame.
“I realised he was embarrassed and ashamed, and ... (that) dogs understand a lot more than I thought,” he said. “I began to see how dogs could expand human emotional horizons.”
Teneriffe’s Sarah Morgan, 25, who lives alone, said caring for her puppy Louie, an eight-month-old jack russell-pug cross, gave her a “sense of purpose”.
“He brings fun and life to home,” she said. “There’s also a sense of purpose having that positive responsibility.”