5 Reasons TO Get a Dog
A few weeks ago, we wrote a post on 5 Reasons NOT to Get a Dog. It generated some good conversation and hopefully, if the right people read it, they will think twice about their decision before jumping into dog ownership.
Thinking about reasons to get a dog is much easier. Sometimes, all you have to do is see that Sarah McLachlan commercial on TV, or a YouTube video of some cute puppies and it’s off to the shelter for a dog. But, just as there are good sound reasons not to get a dog, there are good reasons to get a dog. If you are on the fence, let’s take a look at some of those reasons and maybe it will help you decide.
5 reasons to get a dog
- They improve your health. There’s been tons of research published recently on the health benefits of having a pet, from weight control to lowering blood pressure to beating the blues and even early-detection of health issues. There’s also research that shows having a pet can help combat the development of allergies in children!
- They provide security. You may not have your pet for security purposes, but they provide it nonetheless. Maybe it’s an early warning system or just the intimidation factor of a big dog with a big bark, but there is certainly a level of added security in having a dog.
- They provide companionship. We all have times when we’re blue or lonely. Maybe our family lives far away, maybe the job sucks and you can’t face another day of it. Many of us turn to our dogs for some good old fashioned unconditional love. It’s what they do best, love us no matter what and keep us company in good times or bad.
- They make you laugh. They can also make you crazy, but the laughter and joy they bring outweighs the accidents or chewed shoes any day. I mean, this blog hop that we joined today is devoted to the mischief our dogs get into. Their antics keep us smiling, their zest for life and adventure inspires our own and the volume of YouTube videos…well, that alone could keep us laughing for years.
- They teach us responsibility, selflessness, humility, and countless life lessons. Being responsible for the care and well being of another living creature forces us to consider others needs besides our own. That’s an important lesson for our children to learn. Dogs also teach us humility – having to clean up your dogs poop is pretty humiliating, so doing it is a good life lesson for us all. I learn lessons from our dogs all the time if I take the time to think about it – do you?
Got another reason to get a dog? Share it with us.
Additional Readings:We are joining up with the Monday Mischief Blog Hop, hosted by Snoopy's Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog and My Brown Newfies