Why you NEED a dog in your life right now!!
Ever considered adopting a pet as part of the family? You become responsible for its feeding, shelter and general care; its a 24/7 job! It can be tiring sometimes, especially when you see they spread the toilet roll over all your newly hoovered Persian rug, chew the tip of your new soft sheepskin Ugg boots or cock their leg on your Georgian antique table!
Irrespective of the challenges related to raising pets, they are a welcome member of their family and they take up an important role within the household. Because of their heightened sense of smell, sight, and hearing, dogs are extremely intelligent creatures with a loyalty to their humans that is unexpectedly strong. Those with dogs will know–your pups can sense human body language, emotions, and feelings, and this paves the way for an unbreakable bond..
A dog is truly a man's best friend; women and children included. It is one animal that seems to understand humans thereby able to communicate with us with ease. And is the Westerns world most popular pet by a mile! This is why they possess characteristics that makes it top the list of household pets.
Here are the reasons you NEED to get a dog!
- COMPANIONS: Dogs LOVE companionship. In fact, a dog in the house is more or less another child in the house. .Loneliness can become an unwelcome companion as we age and can lead to depression as well as physical problems. Dogs mold their schedule and personality to you. They are never unavailable or off duty. Smaller dogs, in particular, can easily travel and you can even sometimes take them to work with you. Sometimes, it could seem like they understand how you feel; excited or bitter and withdrawn. At such times, they truly are friends indeed as they would curl up around you like they are telling you that all would be well without as much as saying a word.
- SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY: What better way could there be to give every member of a household a sense of responsibility and belonging than owning a dog? Sure, you need your pet. Your pet needs you, too. The need to be useful and of value doesn't magically disappear when your career ends or your kids grow up and build their own independent lives. It is very satisfying to take care of another living creature. Additionally, all members of the family gets involved with feeding or bathing or clearing up its mess. It becomes a duty to everyone and thus improves the sense of responsibility.
- DOGS WILL TEACH YOU TO BE ZEN!: Live in the moment, and follow your own wisdom, that is what Zen is about.Telling someone to “live in the moment” is similar to telling someone to “buy low and sell high”. Easy to say, but very difficult to implement. Dogs, however, make living in the moment seem easy, because that is what they naturally do every second of the day. Some people mistake this to mean that dogs do not feel or do not have memories. Quite the opposite. Just like us, they may feel stressed, or depressed. However, the key difference is they move on and leave the past behind. My dogs help me stay connected to the world around me. They provide me with a fun, and sometimes very demanding activity to take my mind away from my troubles. They teach me to move on and let things go, just by being who they are. This results in less stress, less sadness, and a happier, healthier life
- IMPROVE THE SECURITY LEVEL: From puppyhood, dogs innately learn to watch and be aware of anything rotten coming your way. Potential burglars are put off by a barking or watching dog in the window. Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Scottish Terriers are among the top watchdog breeds, but even a little fluffy chihuahua in a pink jumper is known to be great at alerting families of anything odd or suspicious!
- DOGS MAKE YOU LAUGH!: Dogs as stated earlier are like kids in the house. Remember when the baby was growing up; the faces he made, his attitude to a lot of things, his sleeping off in the funniest position while eating? Well, dogs have about the same attribute too. My dogs make me laugh every day. They are always doing silly and funny things that make me smile, even when I am troubled.My Labrador sticks his head in between my legs at the dinner table and tries to be cute so ill give him food. When that doesn't work he goes to my son and usually he gives him something!Studies have shown that there are many health benefits to laughter. It can boost our immune system and help stave off viral infections. It can help us relax, and reduce stress related illnesses (e.g. high-blood preassure, ulcers).
Laughter is also a good tonic against negative feelings such as depression, frustration and anger. A life filled with laughter, is a good life.
DOGS WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND...FOREVER! Dogs spend much of their lives observing us; our mannerisms, routines, and quirks. They probably understand us better than we understand ourselves.
As a result, dogs share a bond with us that is difficult to replicate with people.They have a natural sense of empathy, and can easily sense changes in our emotions, however slight. Thus while everyone else may be oblivious to my troubles, my dog will come over and put his head on my lap.
Strange as it may seem, dogs communicate better than people do. Although they may speak a different language, they express themselves more clearly and more truthfully. They don’t say yes when they mean no and vice versa.
With a dog you always know where you stand!!
- HEALTHIER LIVING AND GENERAL WELL-BEING: Having a dog around pushes you outdoors. Instead of sitting on the couch to get down that big sized pie while watching the television, you get to go for a walk with the dog or playing catch as part of your routine. Letting them enjoy the air and letting you enjoy the walk; that's exercise, that's keeping fit and that's a better lifestyle for a more improved health. If you want to get fit ...get a dog!!
THEY CAN HELP PEOPLE OVERCOME OR LIVE WITH DISABILITIES: Canines make excellent service companions when trained properly for people with disabilities. They can be trained to bring medication, alleviate a stressful situation for their human, and even detect an approaching epileptic seizure.
- AVOID ALLERGIES: According to a study done at Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, babies who lived with dogs during the first year of their life were one third more likely to avoid respiratory illness and infection than their non-dog-owning counterparts. Many consider this to be a result of dogs causing more exposure to germs, increasing the babies’ immune systems to prevent sickness.
- NO FOOD WASTE: weird right? But true. With a dog around, there has got to be no issue of food waste as the extras could be given to the little cutey.
The responsibility, patience, selflessness, and commitment that comes with having a dog makes us stronger, all-around better people.
The dog-human relationship is a two-way street. We’ve heard the phrase, “Who rescued who?” and it’s certainly something to consider. Dogs have proven that they improve our physical and mental health, as well as the health of those around us. If the list above doesnt convince you then just look at this photo and see if you can say no!