It is wonderful. Dogs are loyal, sweet and funny. If you are down, they cheer you up. You feel safe at night with a dog as they hear the slightest noise. They love attention and cuddling. They like to sleep in your bed, but you can get them their own, and they like those too. When you walk your dog, everyone wants to pet him, and you make new friends. They give unconditional love and are excellent listeners when you have a problem to sort out. They are adorable, soft and furry. When you provide them with a treat or a new toy, their tails wag, and they think you are the best thing in their lives. They wiggle with excitement when you say; Want to go in the car? It’s enjoyable to have them around and watch the funny things they do.
The Good Part Of Dog:
- Many people think animals are things that move around, looking for food. You will learn that they have very complex behavior, mood, feelings, and desires. They become a part of your family very quickly (if you let him participate enough in your life and not just stay chained in the yard).
- They have that magic ability to cheer you up. No matter how bad your day was, getting home to your friend wiggling his tale is a refreshing experience.
The Bad Part Of Dog
- You will have to worry about his fur, nails, hygiene, health, etc. This can be very time-consuming.
- You may have to cope with pee everywhere and other unwanted behaviors for the first weeks until he learns.
- He will get sick sometimes and may need emergency treatment that will cost you lots of money without warning. Make sure your wallet is always ready.
- He will have the energy to do things every day. You have to spend that energy by walking him, playing, etc. This is a daily routine. You can not turn your pet dog off because you feel like sleeping all day, or become too busy working/studying, or decided to travel for a week. You will need people to be there for him when you are not available. Different breeds have different energy levels, pick one that suits your routine.
- If you fail to spend his energy daily, he will spend it in any way he can. His first choice will be chewing everything he finds (your shoes, the TV remote…). If nothing is available, he will bark. If it comes to that level, he will be suffering, please don’t let it happen.
More On It
Is it worth it? It depends on you. I have two dogs, and the tasks share with my wife. We are delighted with them.
I love their exuberance for life. I love how straightforward they are and how convoluted they can be. I love how, no matter how much I learn, dogs can always surprise me and teach me something new.
I love the warmth of cuddling with a dog. I love sleeping in a big pile covered by my dogs (and cats). I love how happy it makes my dogs make me happy. They don’t just offer me the thing I dropped; they offer their heart right along with it.
I love that I can maintain a world for my dogs where almost everything is happy and kind and joyful even though the world outside is full of suffering and bad things. I can’t always protect the people I love, but I can do a lot more to protect my dogs.
When the day comes when I can no longer protect a dog from pain or suffering, that’s the day I have to trade their suffering for my own.