Ten quirky reasons for owning a pet

Having been a dog owner for most of my life, I would advise any potential owner that dog ownership has its ups and downs.

Still, the downs (e.g. too much barking or excessive defecation) aren’t enough to deter it.

Here are a few plausible, if somewhat idiosyncratic, reasons to own a dog.

1. A pet is pure eye candy.

For starters, dogs are a sight to behold. Their absolute cuteness will just make you go “aww”.

Cloudy, my little West Highland, just laughed at me this morning when she crawled into my closet and insisted it was her den.

A dog’s whimsical ways just draw you to it.

2. It keeps you calm.

In addition to its cute appearance, a dog keeps you calm. Just looking at it calms the nerves.

Petting a dog releases endorphins and makes you poorer. It also relieves stress.

3. A pet is a good pillow.

Furthermore, provided you don’t crush it with your head, a pet makes an excellent pillow.

In any case, it is comfortable to crawl next to it.

4. It’s fun.

Pillows aside, pets are fun, they make great playmates and companions.

Would a man catch a ball with his teeth?

5. It can help you.

And then pets can also help you. Contrary to popular belief, they do earn their living.

Use them as doorbells, security guards or pest controllers.

6. It keeps you safe.

Speaking of guards, dogs are great dogs. A dog is a protective creature and will defend you if necessary. It keeps you safe.

7. A pet is good entertainment.

A dog is also wonderful entertainment. It’s a lively creature full of hilarious antics.

My terrier, Cloudy, likes to compete with my Schnauzer, Misty, to see if he comes first in a race. I say “bye bye” and Cloudy gets anxious about coming out in front of Misty.

She also likes to pick up strange objects and offer them to me.

8. It helps you make friends.

Like all pets, dogs help the thoroughly introverted to make some friends. There’s no better place to find some than a dog park or even a veterinary clinic with a medical atmosphere.

9. It’s not picky.

To add, dogs are not as selective as humans. Two dogs can argue one day and be good friends the next.

10. It doesn’t ask for much.

They certainly don’t ask for much. Other than a little bit of attention or a few obedience lessons, you don’t need to bring it along for ballet sessions or choir camp.

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Unless your dog is Misty, who whines when she hears the piano.

If you haven’t decided to get a dog yet, what’s stopping you?