I like dogs. After the YouTube video of the hero cat saving the young boy went viral, I wondered if the demand for kittens had risen. Usually it’s stories about dogs saving people, but I did once watch a cat kill a cobra, so they definitely have saving skills. Perhaps cats are lazier than dogs and so are happy to let the dogs take the limelight on this one. I’m not too sure of the merits of having a goldfish, lizard, or hamster from a rescuing point of view, but they do fill a void.
Pros for owning a dog
Here’s why I’m a dog person:
When you get a dog you instantly have a new bff and the forever in this scenario really means forever.
A dog will teach you that unconditional love is a wonderful thing. You will always be needed and always have someone to talk to, so you need never be lonely.
Dogs love and need to go for walks, even when you don’t want to, so having a dog as a pet is an excellent way to keep fit.
Dogs like riding in cars so if you’re going to visit your aunt for the weekend you can bring your dog along with the minimum amount of fuss.
With dogs you almost never have to fake delight when they brings you half eaten ‘presents’ in the shape of birds, spiders and other such creepy-crawlies.
The cons for dog owners
There are a few negatives about owning dogs, so keep reading before you rush out and buy one.
Dogs have hair, dogs shed, and therefore dogs make a mess of your carpet, your couch and your bed. They also leave hairy whispers on your black trousers.
You need to feed your dog twice daily. There are no days off from this job, not even Christmas day.
When you are feeling tired and lazy you will still have to take your dog for a walk.
While you can take your dog on vacation with you, it’s going to make your trip a little more complicated from a logistical point of view. Some hotels don’t allow dogs and sometimes car journeys are simply too long.
Dogs get stupid around cars, and this can lead to big vet bills. They also need to be vaccinated against rabies and diseases like canine flu. Talk to your vet for further advice.