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Michigan is ranked 12th in the nation for happy dogs, according to a survey conducted by a dog treat brand in honor of National Dog Appreciation Day Wednesday.

Milo’s Kitchen created the ranking by asking 3,000 dog owners ages 21 to 65 how regularly they display “thankful, grateful, and loving behaviors” toward their pets, the company said in a Wednesday press release.

Examples include petting, saying “I love you,” and buying gifts for the lucky pups.

Michigan’s No. 12 spot put it toward the middle of a list of top 25 U.S. states ranked by the company. Topping the list is California, followed by New York, Washington, Tennessee and Florida rounding out the top five.

But it’s not just owners making their dogs happy, according to the company.

Survey results revealed 86 percent of dog owners said their pet offers comfort, 71 percent said the animals remind owners to “seek out more joy in life,” 64 percent of owners said their dog makes them look forward to returning home at the end of the day, and 63 percent said pet ownership makes them more patient and responsible.

National Dog Day was founded in 2004.

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Top 25 most “Dog Happy” states, according to Milo’s Kitchen survey:

1. California

2. New York

3. Washington

4. Tennessee

5. Florida

6. Massachusetts

7. Texas

8. Missouri

9. Ohio

10. Arizona

11. Pennsylvania

12. Michigan

13. New Hampshire

14. Kentucky

15. Montana

16. Colorado

17. Louisiana

18. North Dakota

19. Illinois

20. Delaware

21. Kansas

22. Wisconsin

23. Alabama

24. Virginia

25. Arkansas

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