Why Life is So Much Better with a Dog

Article by: Albert Alicer

Chewbacca Miyagi a.k.a. “Chewy” has been my best friend for four years now. He is a male Shiba Inu. Getting Chewy was one of the best decisions I ever made. You should seriously consider getting one, too!

Why Life is So Much Better with a Dog

They are good for your health.

They’re nutritious. Just kidding! Don’t call PETA. Studies suggest having one lowers the risk of having heart problems, lowers stress levels and gets you to exercise. Dogs need to be walked twice a day, so you get to walk twice a day, as well.

They are faithful companions.

As far as I know, my dog has never cheated on me with another owner. He doesn’t go sleeping around in other people’s beds unlike how some people would (ooh burn). They might sniff another dog’s butt from time to time, but that’s just the equivalent of noticing someone who’s attractive, right?

Dogs are just always there for you. They watch TV with you, hang around when you’re on your laptop, and they want to play games with you. I personally like the attention Chewy gives me whenever I come home and walk through the door.

You learn how to be responsible.

Chewy was a birthday gift to my girlfriend (now wife). The moment we got Chewy, the whole dynamic of our relationship changed for the better. We were now three in the relationship, and that counts as a family if you ask me.

Raising a dog requires discipline, patience and compassion—traits you’ll be needing if you want to have a child. Raising a dog is good practice for eventually raising a human being. As a bonus, just imagine all of the great memories you will have of your dog and your kid playing together.

You appreciate life more.

This is a bit sad, but bear with me. Due to the natural order of things, we normally outlive our canine companions. Whenever I remember this fact, I get sad but at the same time it reminds me of the finite time we have on earth. The constant reminder of Chewy’s death makes me want to make the most of my day, whether that’s by appreciating my dog more or my loved ones or my work. It makes me want to make the most out of what I do on a daily/hourly basis.

Having Chewy has opened my life up to so many blessings, and having a dog could do the same for you. However, having said that, I would like to point out a little saying:

“Ask not what your dog can do for you, but what you can do for your dog.”

Meaning: do not get a dog just because they are good for you. Do it because you’ll be a good parent to the dog. It will only be a wonderful relationship if you give the dog your love back. While we’re on the subject:

1. Do not get a dog just because he is cute.

2. Do not spoil the dog.

3. Get your dog trained

We had a family dog when I was younger named Sandy. No one in our family knew how to train a dog nor took the time to find out how. The children just wanted the puppy because she was cute. We ended up giving her away because she became too unruly. Having a dog takes work, but it pays in dividends as long as you put in the time and effort to raise them well. I advise you to seriously consider having one in your life.

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