DOGS BRING LAUGHTER

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Dogs bring laughter into our lives, in a special “magical” way…

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It is no secret that laughter is a key component of human social interaction. We tend to laugh when we’re around other people, and seldom when we’re alone.

Because we tend to treat dogs as companions – they can induce laughter in us.

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Jaxson is the Kevin Hart in our home, he’s the comedian who makes you chuckle even when you’re grumpy.

We know research has shown laughter reduces stress, which acts as a healing effect on people.

If you can get people to laugh more often – they begin to believe their quality of life improves.

SO HOW DO THEY DO IT? –

Research has found –

  • People laughed the most when they saw dogs failing at some aspect of play. Harley is great at that – because he is so uncoordinated when it comes to fetch. He’s been known to trip over his own paws.
  • Second to that is when a dogs does something which wasn’t anticipated. Sometimes Jaxson runs at full speed through the family room on his way to the kitchen. As he turns the corner he looses his footing on the hardwood floors. He’ll then glide sideways looking like Tom Cruise from the movie “Risky Business” #minustheundies

Our laughter means dogs are social partners. We laugh with dogs to share our amused recognition of social incongruities or shifting frames. We laugh with (or at) dogs when they do what they are not expected or supposed to do, and don’t do what they are expected or supposed to. Source: Psychology Today

Test this out yourself.

Gather some people together along with your dog(s) and try to take some photos.

It’s not as easy to do as I thought -but it was so much fun.

Excuse the blurriness, I couldn’t stop laughing…

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Your turn…

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53 Comments
  • Alicia Compton
    June 8, 2016

    Oh man! They look so comfy!! 🙂 What a cute group you have!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Thanks Alicia – we have a lot of fun together and the doodles make it extra special. Thanks for stopping by!

  • S'more Dogs
    June 8, 2016

    Happy People=Happy Dogs=Happy People! It’s a self reinforcing loop of cheer!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Yes it truly is. Can’t imagine a more perfect loop!

  • Christine Caplan
    June 8, 2016

    These pics are awesome and honestly just watching you all laugh made me smile. The pics of the dogs with you on the couch are great – they look like total characters! Love the research too!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Thanks Christine. My best times in life are when we’re all together.

  • Tiffany Bennett Cuartero
    June 8, 2016

    Great post

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      I had great material!

  • Monika & Sam
    June 8, 2016

    What charming photos! Boy do I know all about those canine comedians. 🙂

  • Emma
    June 8, 2016

    This is so true. I know people are always laughing at Bailie or me when we do things that are not even intended to be funny.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      It’s those “not intended to be funny” photos that get you all the time Emma.

  • Ann Staub
    June 8, 2016

    It’s always a fun time when there are dogs around. 🙂 I have a picture of me holding Shiner like that top one. Now I am curious about how much your two weigh. They look big! But I’m not sure if that’s all fluff or not.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Harley weighs 53 lbs, and Jaxson weighs 70. There’s some meat there but a lot of fluff 🙂

  • Kari Neumeyer
    June 8, 2016

    Their heads are so big!! I’m not used to seeing them in photos with people! What happy photos. It is really tough to get the whole family in the photo. We always wind up with one where the dogs are biting each other’s faces.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Jax definitely has a big head HA! and he’s thick and super strong. I’m still trying to capture one w/o the blurriness. It’s hard to do. Someone is always moving.

  • Amanda
    June 8, 2016

    The day I put Piper in a girl’s one piece swimsuit, we laughed so hard my abs were sore. Next time I’ll try a bikini. Lol.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Girllllll – if you get her in a bikini you’ve got to share the photos!

  • M. K. Clinton
    June 8, 2016

    I love laughing. I think that is what attracted me to Basset Hounds. They always make me laugh.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      MK – Just watching Bentley sit on his hind legs makes me chuckle. He’s got so many expressions too! Such a special hound he is…

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    June 8, 2016

    Mr. N likes being goofy and making us laugh! Especially when he does “human” things.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Oh I’m sure Mr. N. can make you roar! I smile and chuckle when I read about his antics and adventures. Dogs are the greatest at making you feel childish and giddy.

  • Jasmine | About Pet Rats
    June 8, 2016

    What do you mean we seldom laugh when we’re alone?! I do it all the time. Humor is one of my most favorite things in the world. I love it when I’m alone and I think of something funny and it makes me chuckle aloud. Of course laughter shared is even better.

    The photos in this post are tremendous! I really hadn’t realized how big Harley and Jaxson are until I saw them with humans.

    What a wonderful thing to tie together—dogs and laughter. Love it!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Sshh Jasmine – those of us that either talk to ourselves or laugh when we’re alone aren’t supposed to let others know LOL

  • Tiffany's Diamond Dogs
    June 8, 2016

    Great pics!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Thanks Tiffany!

  • Dz Dogs
    June 8, 2016

    I love how fluffy the boys are!! Looks like a lot of fun!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Yes they are fluffy, and you really do want to bury your head in their bodies. We had a wonderful time, I miss being around my human children so those pics will forever be my favorites.

  • Taryn
    June 8, 2016

    That’s one of the things I love about my Cardis…they live to make their people laugh!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Do they really? I love learning about them from your blog.

  • Cathy Armato
    June 8, 2016

    I’m a big believer in the healing power of both laughter and pets! Together it’s an unbeatable combination.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      So well stated Cathy. Together they’re the best remedy for whatever ails you!

  • Elaine
    June 8, 2016

    I LOVE these images!! Having a sense of humor and being able to laugh at life is so important to me. Thanks for the smiles this evening! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      You’re welcome Elaine! I try to laugh all the time – it’s such a great feeling to love life for that exact moment. I find it a blessing and a gift to be able to laugh.

  • Jackie Bouchard
    June 8, 2016

    Great photos! And all so true! We definitely have been laughing a lot with Reg here visiting! And it does crack me up when Rita fails at catch. She has no eye to snoot coordination!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Reg & Rita always make me smile. They are such an awesome combo. I know there’s ton’s of laughter in your house!

  • JeanneP of bichonpawz
    June 9, 2016

    I just LOVE these pics!! Honestly, I cannot even imagine our home without dogs…I miss them even when they are at the groomer!

    Laughter and dogs…equal happy life!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      I miss them all the time too JeanneP – it’s uncanny how much they’ve become a part of my life.

  • Lindsay
    June 9, 2016

    Those couch photos are the best! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Thanks, I couldn’t stop laughing while I tried so hard to focus the camera. But I think that adds to the fun – the blurriness will always be a reminder of the chuckle attached.

  • Valerie
    June 9, 2016

    Haha, it’s true! I always have to laugh if one of my dogs trip over their own paws! I always feel just a little bit guilty, but whatever! Haha

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Watching Harley fall flat on his face mid-stride is the best! I try not to laugh but I can’t help it. I hope he understands LOL

  • The Daily Pip
    June 9, 2016

    I loved this post! And the pictures made me smile and chuckle. I absolutely agree dogs and laughter are the best medicine.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      Happy to make our friends smile 🙂

  • nichole
    June 9, 2016

    Yes, they most certainly do!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      In the most extraordinary ways too!

  • Sharon Seltzer
    June 9, 2016

    I love your post. Dogs bring laughter and joy into our lives.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 9, 2016

      They sure do and you know what Sharon? I had no idea until I brought Harley into my life.

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    June 10, 2016

    I love this post. You’re right about dogs making us laugh. My dogs make us laugh every day. Just this morning, I was laughing at all the dogs excitement to see me and Scout’s unwillingness to get up and go potty.

    I’m rarely stressed when I’m at home. When I start to feel stressed, I go hug a dog.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 10, 2016

      I concur. Whenever I feel like I’m some what out of sorts – I gravitate closer to them. I find myself talking to them (out loud) and soon I begin to feel relaxed and renewed. They are the best remedy for whatever troubles you!

  • Jean Dion
    June 10, 2016

    I love this! I always try not to laugh at Liam and Sinead when they have a fetch fail, but I seriously can’t help it. And it happens every day. I’m glad to hear I’m not alone!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 11, 2016

      Trust me, “we” are not alone LOL

  • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
    June 19, 2016

    As you can see, I’ve fallen behind in my blog reading – AGAIN – but trying to get caught up so I can focus on my studies the rest of the week.

    We laugh at Ducky when she does her zoomies around the house. Or when she waits for the jolly ball to stop rolling before she goes to retrieve it.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 19, 2016

      They make the best comedians if you ask me!

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