Thursday Thirteen

September 10, 2009

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In honor of Ziggy and all dogs, I thought I would do my thirteen dedicated to why you should have a dog.

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  1. Dogs, faithful and generous by nature, offer help, friendship and a pair of ears that will listen to you without judging.
  2. Dogs are always happy to see us, they are always ready to play and they are always happy to have us next to them.
  3. It is known that caressing a dog reduces the blood pressure and the cardiac frequency, and it has been proved that the dog owners have, in their majority, better health that the others, with less incidence of colds, infections and backaches.
  4. A dog can even teach a shy boy to overcome his shyness by playing and communicating.
  5. The lower incidence of depression among the dog owners is specially interesting because it seems to indicate that they are happier than the people who don't have dogs.
  6. Loyalty. There are few creatures canine or otherwise that are as loyal as a good dog. These animals will give their undying affection to their owner for very little in return. A little food, water and a scratch or two behind the ear is generally all it takes to start forging a bond that will last a life time. It takes very little effort to gain a dog’s loyalty. 
  7. Companionship. Along with loyalty comes a level of companionship that is unmatchable. A good dog that has been properly trained will go to the ends of earth and back with its owner. Some dogs simply like to go along for the ride, others like to run the rat race along with their owners. How much or how little companionship takes place will be up to the owner generally – the dog typically will take as much as it can get! 
  8. Unconditional love. Most dogs will love their owners no matter what they do or what they say. Even a misguided harsh word will have very little impact on a dog five minutes later. They are very quick to forgive and they don’t seem to care how rich, how poor or how successful a person is. All they care about is pleasing their owners and getting a little love in return. If only most humans were as easy to get along with, the world would be a much nicer place. 
  9. Protection. Even the smallest of dogs will go out of their way to protect their owners. Providing an early warning system for company, unwanted or not, and even a little brute force on occasion, dogs can be wonderful for ensuring a safe home. In fact, in many cases a dog’s bark is more successful at warding off burglars than an alarm system. 
  10. The simple fact of the matter is that dogs can bring a lot of joy into their owner’s lives. There is something incredible about coming home after a long, hard day to a wagging tail and a happy face. 
  11. Dog ownership isn’t for everyone. It does take commitment and a sense of responsibility, but the fact is for those who can handle this, the rewards can be amazing. Many people say they had never felt a love as pure and genuine before they owned a dog.
  12. You can’t be disappointed by a dog.
  13. You need a friend. Everybody needs a friend. A friend can’t hurt. And, we all know that the dog is men’s best friend.

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