A Dog REALLY is a Man’s Best Friend

A study of 1,000 UK pet owners* commissioned by the True Instinct team at Natures Menu has revealed that almost half (47%) of the nation class their dog as their best friend, over partners, siblings and human friends. In fact, 64% of people have actively seen their beloved dog form a special friendship with them and a further 33% have seen their pooch form a bond with another human being – showing that dogs really do love us humans, as much as we love them.


The top trait in our furry best friends is that they are always happy to see us (31%), followed by the fact that they are fun to be around (18%). A dogs’ dependability was also cited as one of their top characteristics (17%), as well as them being good listeners (13%) and that they don’t judge their owners.


Best friends paddle boarding together!

The survey also revealed the nation’s favourite activities to do with their furry best friend:


  • Going for a walk (46%)
  • Cuddling them (21%)
  • Finding new places to explore (10%)
  • Playing games with them (10%)
  • Watching TV together (9%)
  • Eating with them (2%)

Sian Murthy, a freelance dog trainer from Cwmcarn in Wales is the owner of Storm, who you may recognise as one of our amazing sponsored dogs, and has experienced first-hand the impact that owning a dog can have: 


“I first adopted four-year-old Collie Cross, Storm, when I was just 15 years old to help with my confidence issues that had caused me great difficulty when growing up. With Storm also suffering from a lack of self-esteem, we instantly connected and formed a very special bond. Storm has taught me so much, allowing me to make new friends and go on some amazing adventures.


“However, with my confidence growing due to Storm, I realised that he also need a friend to help build up his. This is where Ellie came in; a three-year-old Whippet Cross. When I adopted Ellie, I didn’t realise she was going blind and would eventually need constant care, but Storm stepped in to help. Storm has become Ellie’s guide, allowing her to lean on him as they walk and reassuring her whenever needed. Seeing the impact that Ellie and Storm have on each other lives, I couldn’t help but adapt a third dog with Jetstream being the final addition to my terrific trio. Jetstream’s unfortunate start to life made him incredibly fearful, but with a little help form his friends, his confidence is growing. Storm, Jetstream and Ellie have not only helped me become the person I am, the fantastic trio have also grown in confidence with the help of one another. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and would most definitely say they are the best of friends and my greatest friends too.”

It's no surprise to us that nearly half the nation class their dog as their best friend - pets bring so much pleasure to our lives and no one knows that better the Natures Menu team! Dog arealways happy to see us and are dependable, making them worthy best friends. 


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