Having been a dog owner for the greatest part of my life, I would advise any potential owner that dog ownership has its ups and downs.
Still, the downs (eg. too much barking or excessive poop) are not enough to deter it.
Here are a few plausible, though slightly quirky, reasons to own a dog.
1. A pet is pure eye candy.
To start, dogs are feasts for the eyes. Their absolute cuteness simply makes you go “aww”.
Cloudy, my little West Highland, just drew a laugh out of me this morning when she crawled into my cupboard and insisted that it was her den.
A dog’s whimsical ways simply pull you to it.
2. It keeps you calm.
Besides its cute appearance, a dog keeps you calm. Looking at it alone soothes jangled nerves.
Stroking a dog releases endorphins and raises poor spirits. It also relieves stress.
3. A pet makes a good pillow.
Further, provided you do not squash it with your head, a pet is an excellent pillow.
It is comfortable to at least snuggle next to it, anyway.
4. It is fun.
Pillows aside, pets are fun, They make wonderful playmates and companions.
Would a human catch a ball with his teeth?
5. It may help you out.
And then, pets may also help you. Contrary to popular belief, they do earn their keep.
Use them as doorbells, security guards or pest exterminators.
6. It keeps you secure.
To speak of being guards, dogs make great ones. A dog is a protective creature and will defend you when necessary. It keeps you secure.
7. A pet is good entertainment.
A dog is also wonderful entertainment. It is a lively creature full of hilarious antics.
My terrier, Cloudy, enjoys competing with my Schnauzer, Misty, to see comes in first in a race. I say “bye bye” and cloudy becomes anxious to move in front of Misty.
She also enjoys picking up strange objects and offering them to me.
8. It helps you make friends.
Like all other pets, dogs help the thoroughly introverted make a few friends. There is no better place to find a few than a dog park or even a veterinary clinic with a medical ambience.
9. It is not fussy.
To add, dogs are not as selective as humans. Two dogs may quarrel one day and be great friends the next.
10. It does not ask for much.
They definitely do not ask for much. Other than a little attention or a few obedience classes, you do not have to take it for ballet sessions or choir camp.
Unless your dog is Misty, who yowls when she hears the piano.
If you have not decided to get yourself a dog, what’s stopping you?