“People in possession of a pooch were less likely to have cardiovascular disease or die from any cause during the 12 years covered by the research, according to the study published in Scientific Reports. The impact was greatest for single people.” From Bloomberg: Getting a Dog May Save Your Life. As a recent, first-time dog owner, I’ve noticed a couple of K-9 features that could be contributing factors. Having a dog tends to make one more physically active. Also, dogs love you even if you’re an asshole.