Holidays Can Be Lonely

Thinking about being single and alone during the holidays, I realized that owning a dog helps tremendously to assuage the feelings of isolation.

John Homans, Executive Editor of New York Magazine, poses this question in his new book “What’s a Dog For?”

“This is because being human means needing help, of many different kinds, and sometimes there’s not another to provide it. To start with, loneliness is not only an emotion–it’s terrible for the health. Companionship, since the earliest days of the relationship between dogs and humans millennia ago, has been a basic that dogs fulfilled, having many different corollaries. A dog can protect your house, help hunt your food, show you the way when you can’t see.”

Enjoy the photos as you read the reasons for owning a dog in this Huff Post Blog:

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