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Top Five Reasons To Get A Dog

Jan 16, 2008
Anyone who has grown up around dogs, spent a little time with them or even just discovered the joy of owning one, knows there is something to the old cliché of them being man's best friend. There is simply something special about the bond a dog and its owner or its entire family can form.

Unfortunately, a lot of people have never really been around dogs and they don't quite understand the immense appeal of owning one. Of course it's true, dogs do take some work. They need to be fed, watered and exercise. Most importantly, they need to be loved. Those who are willing to put in the effort will find the rewards are amazing.

The top five reasons to consider a dog as a pet include:

* Loyalty. There are few creatures canine or otherwise that are as loyal as a good dog. These animals will give their undying affection to their owner for very little in return. A little food, water and a scratch or two behind the ear is generally all it takes to start forging a bond that will last a life time. It takes very little effort to gain a dog's loyalty.

* Companionship. Along with loyalty comes a level of companionship that is unmatchable. A good dog that has been properly trained will go to the ends of earth and back with its owner. Some dogs simply like to go along for the ride, others like to run the rat race along with their owners. How much or how little companionship takes place will be up to the owner generally - the dog typically will take as much as it can get!

* Unconditional love. Most dogs will love their owners no matter what they do or what they say. Even a misguided harsh word will have very little impact on a dog five minutes later. They are very quick to forgive and they don't seem to care how rich, how poor or how successful a person is. All they care about is pleasing their owners and getting a little love in return. If only most humans were as easy to get along with, the world would be a much nicer place.

* Protection. Even the smallest of dogs will go out of their way to protect their owners. Providing an early warning system for company, unwanted or not, and even a little brute force on occasion, dogs can be wonderful for ensuring a safe home. In fact, in many cases a dog's bark is more successful at warding off burglars than an alarm system.

* Joy. The simple fact of the matter is that dogs can bring a lot of joy into their owner's lives. There is something incredible about coming home after a long, hard day to a wagging tail and a happy face.

Dog ownership isn't for everyone. It does take commitment and a sense of responsibility, but the fact is for those who can handle this, the rewards can be amazing. Many people say they had never felt a love as pure and genuine before they owned a dog.
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If you'd like to spoil the dog in your life with some posh human-style comforts, splurge a little bit with an upscale dog bed, an elevated dog feeder, or an airline approved dog carrier!
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