Gallery: 32 pictures of Suffolk’s much loved dogs

PUBLISHED: 09:17 11 June 2020

Piper, owner Diana Stafford

Piper, owner Diana Stafford

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We celebrate Suffolk’s dogs enjoying life in the county with this great selection of photos from the owners who love and care for them

The recent past has shown many of us just why dogs have long been known as our best friends.

For most of us, our dog is our companion – another member of the family or the other half of a couple. But for many people with disabilities or illnesses, their assistance dog is a lifeline, providing emotional and practical support. It’s well documented that having a dog in our life can be beneficial for our physical and mental health in so many ways. It was pictures of pets, especially our dogs, doing crazy, cute and laugh-out-loud things, that were the first pictures to flood social media in the early days of lockdown.

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As well as helping to alleviate stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness, there are all the physical and psychological benefits that come from exercising a dog. Daily walks outdoors are just so good for us. Playing with a dog – throwing a ball, chasing around the park – is a great physical and mental pick-me-up.

And don’t let’s forget that dogs – domesticated by humans for centuries – have always been willing workers when we need them, performing important tasks for farmers, police and armed services, Border Force, search and rescue among others.

Suffolk is a great place to own a dog with so much coast and countryside to explore together. We should always observe the Countryside Code, of course, only go where we’re allowed, never worry animals and always clean up. So, here’s our celebration of Suffolk dogs.

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