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Here in the Northeast, we spent several days snowed in this past week. Being stuck in the house all day every day allowed me lots of time to contemplate the important things in life. As I lay on the couch the other morning with a headache, it struck me that my post this week really needed to be about why I think every individual or family would benefit from having a dog (or two!). I was actually going to title this post “5 Reasons Why YOU Should Have a Pug,” but I’m entirely partial. Instead, I’ll generalize in this post and you can pick your favorite dog breed. But, please know that this post was inspired by my Pug, Gabe. And please do your research on dog breeds before bringing a dog into your family that might not be a good fit.
5 Reasons Why YOU Should Have a Dog
Dogs are loyal companions
In the picture above, you see Gabe lying in his dog bed. What you don’t see is the fact that his dog bed is strategically placed right beside my feet under the table. This is where Gabe hangs out while I’m working. When I get up and move to different parts of the house, he goes with me most of the time. He wants to be with me.
There’s a reason why people say “dog is man’s best friend.” It’s because, when you’re feeling all alone in the world, you know you have your dog. And, no matter what, he will be by your side.
They care for you when you are sick
When you’re not feeling well, your dog will sense that and will be right by your side. In fact, we say that Gabe has “puggy powers” that he uses to help us to feel better. It may sound silly, but I honestly believe this to be true. (Here’s just one article that speaks to this, but I’m sure there are plenty more.)
The above picture is of last week when my son Ian had the flu. Gabe barely left his side. He knew he was sick and needed some moral support. When I have a headache and lay down on the couch, I want Gabe there with me. And, he always is!
They comfort you when you are sad
There have been many times when I have been feeling depressed or crying about something and Gabe walks up to me and a sense of peace comes over me. Sure, a dog can’t offer the same quality of peace that God can; but they can definitely offer comfort and relief when you’re feeling sad.
I mean, seriously, would you look at that face?! And that leads me to …
Dogs make people smile
When I look at Gabe, he makes me smile. And smiling is good for you! (If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll trust another source.)
Smilings makes you feel better, reduces stress, makes you more approachable and trustworthy, and it makes those around you happier. If a dog can put a smile on your face, it’s a win-win, right?
My son Ian makes me smile as well, so scenes like the one above really make me happy.
A dog will make you feel like the most important person in the world!
When I get home from being away (whether a 10-minute trip to the post office or a 10-day trip to Florida), Gabe always greets me the same way – with barks and tail wags, and begging for my undivided attention. And suddenly I feel like the most important person on the face of the earth!
I know that, in the grand scheme of things, I’m not all that important. But, it’s nice to have the feeling of being the center of someone’s world once in awhile. Your dog will make you feel that way. No matter what, you know he’ll always be by your side and he’ll always think that you are the most special person there is. At least, to him!
I’m linking this post up to Five Things Friday at Quiet Pandemonium.