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Losing a Dog Can be as Hard as Losing a Loved One

By Mark Pygas

Losing a beloved animal can be rough. For many, it's as difficult, if not more so, as losing a relative or friend. Dogs especially are considered a member of the family, who are there for every celebration and trial, always providing the entire family with unconditional love. 

And according to researchers, there's a good reason we mourn the passing of dogs. Researchers have found that the connections between people and their dogs are incredibly similar to the connections people form with close friends and loved ones. The time spent together and the physical touch stimulate the release of the same hormones in the brain as when we are doing that with humans. 

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