Do you enjoy a good laugh with your dog? If so, apparently you are not alone. So writes New York Times  long-time health columnist Jane Brody  on one of the many benefits her new dog Max contributes to her life. Brody’s recent article champions the many perks of “life with a dog”—companionship, exercise, meeting people and laughter. She cites a study  of 95 people who were asked to keep “laughter” logs and record the frequency and source of their laughter. Results showed that dog owners laughed frequently more than cat owners and people who owned neither. The findings suggest a complex relationship between pet ownership and laughter. Dogs may serve as friends with whom to laugh or their behaviors may provide a greater source of laughter. Does this resonate with Bark readers? How does your dog make you laugh?
Last week, we marked that annual day of grins and laughter—April 1—with an in-box full of pranks. Jokey press releases, outlandish news reports and faux announcements tried to outduel each other for guffaws. Given the nature of our business, many were dog-themed.
Here’s a sampling of some of the April Fool’s jokes we received this year:
Google Apps for Business Dogs 
Moo’s new delivery system—Pug Post! 
The Milwaukee Brewers mascots square off 
Great British Chefs offer fine dining for dogs 
Plus, these favorites from the past deserve mention …
IKEA’s 2011 Hundstol Dog Highchair 
Warby Parker introduces Warby Barker in 2012 
Barclaycard launches Barclay PayWag in 2013