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We've always suspected it, but now scientists have confirmed that dog owners are more likely to have better cardiovascular health.

The research was published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings and involved 1,769 people between 25 to 64-years-old, living in Brno in the Czech Republic.

Each participant had to provide information on their BMI, diet, physical activity levels, cholesterol, blood pressure, if they smoked or not and their fasting blood sugar levels.

42 percent of the candidates owned a pet of some sort, with 24 percent of people owning a dog and 17.9 percent owning another animal.

The American Heart Association heart score system test was used, looking at seven changeable risk factors of heart health.

Dog owners were more likely to exercise, have an ideal diet and blood glucose level than those who didn't, but they were more likely to smoke for some reason. They still scored better overall for cardiovascular health, however.

The study authors cautioned: "The higher smoking rates among dog ownership attenuates the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health."

Existing evidence links dog ownership to better mental and physical health, so it makes total sense.

Study co-author Andrea Maugeri commented in a statement: "In general, people who owned any pet were more likely to report more physical activity, better diet and blood sugar at ideal level.

"The greatest benefits from having a pet were for those who owned a dog, independent of their age, sex and education level."

Research claims that getting a pooch could be a useful way to boost heart health, and an important way to tackle the prevalence of heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US alone, causing one-in-four deaths each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Senior investigator Francisco Lopez-Jimenez stated that owning dogs has previously been linked to better mental health and feeling less lonely, both of which are assumed to decrease the risk of heart attacks.

One study published last year in the journal BMC Psychiatry, which examined 17 existing papers concluded having a pet could help the symptoms of mental illness.

Philippa Hobson, senior cardiac nurse for the British Heart Foundation, told Newsweek: "Whether you're a pet-owner or not, physical activity can benefit your heart in lots of different ways.

"Just spending 10 minutes a day walking around the block is good for your heart health."

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We all do it. Remember that absolutely mortifying thing you did seven years ago in school that you can't seem to shake off?

The anxiety of saying "you're welcome" instead of "thank you" when someone holds the door open for you, the sheer sweat-worthy fear of falling down (or up) the stairs on your bus, you name it, and we've worried about it.

We've always assumed that our furry little friends simply don't have these worries, but now SCIENCE (gasp) has disproved this, and we're shook. 

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The Royal Society scientific journal has published a study which supports the result that doggos struggle to nod off if they have anything troubling them, meaning that we're not as different as we think.

All that time that you lay in your bed, pondering that terrible moment when you asked your friend how their grand-dad up the North is getting on in his nursing home, and they reply that they are, in fact, deceased, leaving you stewing in shame.

The time in work that you were wandering around with your knickers tucked into the back of your skirt, the time you threw up at the local disco after one Blue WKD, even the time you said "keep the change" to the lad in Spar, and it was only a five cent coin.

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Doggies apparently sit up and ponder their embarrassments and worries too, maybe they get anxiety about the lack of 'good boy' praise which they received that day.

"Does my human still love me?" They think, as they rest their head on their paws, with a slow, violin concerto playing in the background.

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"What if they actually don't like cleaning up my poop?"

"What if they send me to the pound and I get embroiled in the local gang war between the Pug Thugs and the Rottweiler Pilers?"

They stare glumly out of the rain-splattered window, tossing and turning following a negative experience at the dog walking park that day.

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The study stated that dogs tend to fall asleep much faster following a negative day, presumably to escape from the terrible consequences of the day.

We still think of the horrendously awkward things we were doing in 2005, forever looking up at the blank ceiling searching for answers…

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Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are in mourning after one of their dogs, Waldo Picasso, died last week in a freak accident where he was struck and killed by a car in NYC.

The Game of Thrones star and Jonas Brother were heartbroken at the death of their Alaskan Klee Kai dog, and have paid tribute to their 'angel' by getting matching tattoos.

"I miss you, Waldo," Turner wrote on her Instagram story, along with a photo of her new ink on her forearm.  "Rest in peace my little baby."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jonas also posted an image of his matching tattoo on social media, writing, "R.I.P. my little angel."

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas both commented on the singer's post with emojis, while Turner's Dark Phoenix co-star, Jessica Chastain, wrote "I'm so sorry".

Tattoo artist Dragon, of Bang Bang Tattoo, shared photos of Jonas and Turner getting their tribute ink yesterday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Joe and Sophie, thank you so much guys," Tattoo artist Dragon captioned his Instagram post. "See you later!"

An NYPD spokesperson told E! News that a woman filed a police report on Friday, July 26, saying that on Wednesday around 11:30pm, a vehicle did not stop and struck a dog on the street before leaving the scene. 

The dog was brought to a hospital, where it passed away. According to TMZ, Jonas and Turner's dog walker had Waldo on a leash while out on the Lower East Side of NYC

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The publication claims that the pup "got spooked by a pedestrian" and ran into the street before being hit by the car. A Jonas rep called the heartbreaking incident "a freak accident."

The newlyweds apparently were so brokenhearted by Waldo's death that they went to see a therapist last week.

The passing of a beloved pet can be such a difficult experience, we hope they find some comfort with their other puppy.

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An elderly man was given treatment by paramedics on Monday after he took a nasty fall, and was aided by his loyal dog.

The pensioner's quick-thinking dog Jack alerted Gardaí to his owner's whereabouts after he fell into a ditch, and refused to leave his side.

Jack checked on his owner as he was offered treatment in an ambulance, and showed his unlimited loyalty by staying right where the elderly man was at all times.

An Garda Síochana shared the image last night via Twitter, writing;

"Man's best friend. Elderly man out walking his dog last night near Portarlington fell into the ditch and couldn’t get out. Jack the dog stayed by his side and showed Gardaí where he was.

"Even when ambulance arrived, Jack wouldn’t rest unless he could see him! Owner and Jack home now," they added.

After the man was unable to get up after the nasty tumble, his faithful pooch assisted him. He must have been relieved that his loyal companion was such a clever boy.

The heart-warming tweet quickly went viral and has received over 1,000 retweets and 8,900 likes.

Users online have been quick to praise Jack for his incredible actions, and we're so glad the Co. Laois owner is home safe and well. What a touching tale.

Feature image: An Garda Síochana

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If anyone is missing their dog, you might be in luck

A gorgeous puppy has wandered into Dundrum Garda Station.

Yes, really. 

The station took to social media to let people know that the hound had handed himself in – what a clever dog, right? 

They wrote, ''This lovely young pup just presented himself at the counter of Dundrum Garda Station to report his owner missing!! Can anyone help him Any info to Dundrum GS 01-666560.''

The snap shows a cute fluffy puppy with a black collar, but no other information is given. 

People thought it was so sweet how he handed himself in, knowing that he was lost.

One said, ''Awww. Hope he finds his owner.''

While another wrote, ''This is brilliant'' and two laughing face emojis. 

We hope he finds his way to his owners soon. 

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Rochelle Humes has welcomed a new member into the family.

The former Saturdays singer took to Instagram to post the cutest snap of a furry little dog.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She captioned it, ''Hi I’m Ginger Humes, I’m new around here…'' followed by two love heart and a dog emojis.

Her fans took to the comments to say how adorable the hound was.

One said, ''She is gorgeous! Perfect name too.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While another wrote, ''Best dogs EVER. We have Rolo the ginger Cockapoo too. They are amazing around kids. He is lush.''

This is the first pet for Rochelle and her family – husband Marvin and two daughters – five-year-old Alaia-Mai and one-year-old Valentina.

We hope he brings them lots of cuddles and slobbery kisses. 

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It's a deal breaker for many of us.

Imagine finding someone who is a ride and god craic and thinks the same about you…and then they meet your gorge dog/cat and don't like them.

What the actual f*ck.

So it comes as no surprise to us that a significant amount of people would kick their bf/gf to the curb if they didn't like their pet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to a survey by Aldi, 2 out of 3 Irish people Irish people would end a relationship if their partner couldn’t accept their dog or cat.

And to that we say – fair.

There were other interesting findings in the survey too.

When it came to which animal was more popular, the figures showed that 72% of people surveyed had a dog, 19% had a cat and 9% had both a dog and a cat.

It also discovered that a whopping 96% of people regard their dog or cat as a member of their fam.

We so get that tbh. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Continuing the theme of having a close bond with their pet, a third of people let their dog or cat sleep on the bed each night.

It seems that people really adore their furry friends as 80% of people admitted to greeting their dog or cat first after a along day of school/work before any member of their family, partner or roommate.

So if you're not mad about bae's Labrador hound or Minx kitten, maybe keep your mouth shut because it appear that they'll deffo chose their animal rather than you. 

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Demi Lovato's adorable pupper Buddy was tragically killed four years ago, after being attacked by coyotes, but the woofer hasn't left Demi's heart.

She has now decided to honour his memory with some new ink, which famed tattoo artist Dr Woo provided.

The Skyscraper singer got her second tattoo in a week, dedicating it to Buddy, who she shared with her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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On her Instagram stories, she showed off the new tattoo to her fans. It was drawn on her ankle, and features the late dog's fluffy white face and the words; "Buddy was here".

When Buddy passed away in 2015, the singer was left "absolutely heartbroken". She wrote a message to her Instagram, writing;

"We are absolutely heartbroken to be writing this but Wilmer and I are devastated to inform you that we lost our little angel Buddy last Sunday," Lovato wrote. 

"He was taken from us way too soon in a tragic accident. And though I will never know why this had to happen, I do know that God only puts us through situations that we can handle so with that, together we are staying strong."

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She continued: "We have incredible people around us and so much love and support which is holding us up in this time of need."

"Buddy was loved by so many people and as small as he was, he made a huge impact in our lives. He truly was human in a way and we were so blessed to have him in our lives," she finished, emotionally.

On Saturday, she got a small rose tattooed on her pointer finger, and it's beautiful.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She wrote a message thanking her talented tattoo artist;

"Thank you @_dr_woo_ for the incredible portrait of my late baby angel Buddy. RIP @DemisBuddy I will love you forever and never forget you."

Only days ago, the singer marked six months of sobriety with her rose tattoo, a meaningful gesture.

Tattoo artist @winterstone shared a photo on Instagram of Lovato's newest body art, writing; "You are a gem! Thanks for coming in!"

The rose is often used to symbolise new beginnings and hope, so it's definitely perfect for Demi. We heart it.

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Christmas has come early in the Bieber household – in the form of the gorgeous new dog, Oscar.

The pup made it's debut on Justin's Instagram where he appeared in a series of videos on Instagram Stories.

They are legit the most adorbs thing EVER. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet our dogson his name is #Oscar

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The singer also uploaded a gorgeous snap of the dog sitting on him.

He captioned it, ''Meet our dogs on his name is #Oscar.''

His wife Hailey also didn't shy away form showing off the newest member of their family.

She took to Instagram Stories, calling Oscar her new “Christmas baby.”

She can been seen cuddling the dog in bed with Justin. 

HE. IS. SO. SMALL.

The newlyweds confirmed their marriage in November, with both of them updating their social media accounts and Justin gushing that “My wife is awesome.”

They're the sweetest and now they have the sweetest dog – it's SO making us want one for Christmas. 

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Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan are devastated at the death of their beloved dog Lulu.

The former couple announced the heartbreaking development on their respective social media accounts yesterday, revealing that their lovable pet died from cancer.

Dewan shared an older image of Lulu with their five-year-old daughter, Everly, who was clearly very attached to the four-legged family member.

Jenna posted a series of pictures to her Instagram account, captioned;

"To our sweet and fierce Lulu…thank you for being the best dog in the entire world and for fighting cancer for as long as you did. Thank you for your tireless love, protection and humour."

"Thank you for the adventures. Heartbroken doesn’t even come close to how it feels. But you will live on forever in our hearts and our memories…fly sweet angel," she concluded.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Magic Mike actor also posted a memory to his social media account, captioning the black-and-white image;

"I’ll see you again baby girl. But you’ll always be with me. Always. Thank you Norman Jean Roy for this memory."

The picture shows the actor with Lulu running along the beach, what was a poignant and nostalgic moment for the star.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Those in the entertainment industry have been quick to offer their condolences to the actors, who met initially while filming Step Up, and announced their separation in April.

Paris Hilton commented on Tatum's post; "Sorry for your loss."

Hillary Swank wrote; "Ugghhhh losing a four legged family member is the hardest thing I have ever been through. Bless you both."

RIP Lulu, grieving the loss of a family pet really is heart-breaking.

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There's a new face in the Beckham brood and it's absolutely adorable. 

Brooklyn Beckham has revealed that he has a gorgeous new dog, and that he's called him Fig.

The 19-year-old took to Instagram to show off the pup, who was cuddled in his arms.

Captioning the photo, ''meet my new baby. Fig Beckham'' he quickly got a huge response from his 11.5 million followers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet my new baby

Most comments referred to how cute and adorable the mongrel is, with one writing, ''hello Fig your beautiful! You're going to get lots of love from the whole Beckham Family.''

Another said, ''you look like your dad on this pic! Gorgeous pup x.''

Although Brooklyn didn't say what breed his new pet was, most of his followers seem to think that he's a cocker spaniel. 

His mum Victoria couldn't resist poking fun at her eldest's new dog when she took to Instagram stories.

Uploading a picture of their two dogs, Olive and newbie Fig, she tagged Brooklyn and wrote that he, ''has a new lady in his life.''

Posh and Brooklyn have recently graced the front cover of British Vogue alongside the rest of the gang – 16-year-old Romeo, 13-year-old Cruz and seven-year-old Harper.

Speaking to the publication about her marriage and family life, she said, ''it's all about the family unit. We are much stronger the six of us, than we would be if we were individuals. We respect that family bond and that is key.”

And now it looks like Fig is part of that family unit – we think he is just the cutest dog ever!

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All dogs owners are obligated by law to have a licence for their furry friend, whether they are a house pet or a working dog. 

The fees are used to fund welfare facilities through local authorities and local dog wardens. Anyone found to not have one can be fined up to €100.

And now you have no excuse not to have yours. 

That's because you can now buy or renew one online on An Post's new website, Licences.ie, and have it sent directly to your home. 

Licences are priced at €20 for a year or €140 for a licence valid for your dog's life, and payments can be made by debit or credit card.

So handy, it will make life so much easier now. 

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