10 Awesome Things About Having a Dog
Having already professed my love for cats, I would be remiss if I did not show equal love to my other four-legged companion. Here are 10 of my favorite things about having a pup in my family.
1. Their incessant happiness is contagious. Dogs are upbeat, happy-go-lucky goofballs all. the. time. It is nearly impossible to be in the presence of a wagging dog and not feel happy.
2. Pups will get you out of the house. Dogs are wonderful companions for a variety of outdoor activities – walks, runs, hikes, and even swims (if you have a dog-friendly beach or pool nearby). Regardless of whether you are naturally outdoorsy or more of a homebody, having a dog is bound to increase your outdoor adventures, in the best way possible.
3. Having a dog is good for you. Probably due to reasons 1 and 2, dogs may actually help protect their humans from heart disease. Who wouldn’t want to be happier and healthier?
4. A dog’s go-with-the-flow attitude teaches you how to be a better human. Ever heard the saying “wag more, bark less”? I swear, it’s every dog’s mantra. It can be yours, too, with a little mentoring from a pup.
5. In social situations, a dog is a great ice-breaker. As a socially-awkward person, I was pleasantly surprised with this unexpected perk of dog ownership. I have never been prone to small talk, but with a waggly dog by my side, small talk comes easier since there is an obvious subject to discuss – the dog.
6. Dogs are excellent at cleaning up food spills. Never will you wipe a crumb from your kitchen floor again.
7. Your dog will teach you about yourself. Dogs are unnervingly good at mirroring back to you the energy you give off. A dog that cowers and is hyperreactive in their owner’s presence can signal to an owner that it’s time to check their intensity and perhaps anger.
8. Dogs are highly trainable, and they can be taught both entertaining and helpful tricks. Our dog takes out the recycling. No joke. It cracks us up every time, and he is positively delighted to have made us laugh. It’s the best.
9. Having a dog will teach you selflessness and responsibility. Because dogs need to be walked regularly and require a certain amount of attention, you have to plan every day around them. Considering an impromptu outing for drinks straight after work? Sorry, can’t. Your dog will probably poop on the floor. Making these choices every day helps you prioritize someone else’s needs, while learning to consciously plan a lifestyle that still makes you happy and fulfilled.
10. Love. Just love. Dogs will love you unconditionally. They are incredibly loyal animals, and they truly become part of your family, loving and protecting each member as a part of their pack. Unless you are made of a chunk of copper chilled to 6 mK (evidently the coldest thing on earth), you will love them wholly in return.
All photos by Lauren Shipp