How Getting a Dog Changes Your Life
Let’s admit it: if you’re a dog person and you own a dog, you think your dog is the best dog in the whole wide world. You always yell, “Dog!” when you’re crossing a road or driving and you spot a four-legged furry friend. When you pass someone who is walking their dog, or see a dog sleeping on the roadside, you turn to mush, even though you do not know the dog personally and you’re probably never going to see them again. You see a K-9-unit dog on duty and you have an urge to pet them and tell them what a good boy they are but you have to keep all those emotions at bay because you know the dog is on duty and they need to be professional. You have browsed enough of Facebook to know that a dog is now called a “doggo” and a puppy is called a “pupper”. Let’s also admit this: if you’ve never had a dog but are a dog person, every time you go to your best friend’s place (who happens to have a fluffy Alsatian), you go back home and beg your parents to get you a dog to call your own. I have had a Golden Retriever – Odie – for about four years now and it is safe to say that having a dog changes your life in ways you could have never imagined, and here’s why:
- Your dog is always there for you. There have been days when I have been down in the dumps, been at the lowest of my lows, and haven’t had anyone but my dog. Every time I would sit on the edge of my bed, crying my eyes out over God knows what, at three in the night, Odie would get up from his sleep, walk over to me groggily, and lay his head in my lap, and look at me with his puppy dog eyes (yes, even though he’s four years old). In that moment, I would just lay my hand on his head and stroke him till he closed his eyes blissfully and a smile spread across my face. So yes, your dog will always be there for you. When you come back home after a fifteen-minute walk, they will greet you as though they were seeing you after years of being apart. They’ll jump on you and lick your face and hands and make you feel like the most special person in the world, because you are the most special person to them. For dogs, there is no one but you.
- The puppy dog eyes never go away. Your dog could be eight-years old, but that look of mischief and the gleam in their eyes will be exactly the same as it was when you first lay your eyes on them and brought them home. You will become a pile of mush.
- You learn compassion. Dogs are the most giving creatures in the world. They will shower you with love when you least expect it. If a dog were to destroy your favourite book by chewing it up into pieces, you would get mad at the dog for a couple seconds and then let it go. For this, refer to point number two, because the puppy dog eyes never go away.
- There is more laughter in the house. What’s a house without laughter? Also, what’s a house without a dog? Home isn’t home without a dog. The various antics of your furry friends never fail to make you laugh. They could be chasing their tail, or running in their sleep, or making funny expressions by involuntarily sticking their tongue out. No matter what, there is always laughter in the air.
- Your house is now a home. Odie helps make our house a home. He reminds us of all that is good in this sinister world and is a part of our family. Every Christmas, there is always a sock which hangs by the fireplace, with Odie’s name on it, for Santa Claus to come and leave him some bones.
- Two words: unconditional love. Dogs are perhaps the kindest creatures we will ever know, and there are times which make one wonder as to what we humans did to deserve dogs. We don’t deserve them, or their kindness and unconditional love. You could be living in a dumpster outside a railway station, only your dog as company, but that dog would love you no less because you are their human. You could be the richest of the richest, and your dog would love you, simply because you are their human. They know of nothing lesser than unconditional love.
- You will always have your dog to go back to. Your family isn’t home? No worries. Your dog will be there to greet you. You live alone? No worries. Get a dog, life will be happier. You’re in the mood to go for a run or just build on some arm muscle by throwing a ball around? No worries. Take your dog along. You want someone to snuggle with on a cold rainy night? No worries. Your dog can sleep in your bed with you.
- You are now officially a parent. Your dog will wake you up in the middle of the night just so you can stand outside with him while he sniffs random things and chases lizards. You will be a dog parent, and you will love your dog as though it was your own child, because you raised him on your own.
- Your dog will be your best friend. You can never truly know how much you love a dog until you get one. Your dog will become your best friend, and will know you better than you know yourself, and he will always be there for you, no matter what. Even if you step on his tail a couple times, your dog wouldn’t mind because he would never do anything to hurt you. Getting a dog is the best decision you will ever make.
Movie recommendation: A Dog’s Purpose (2017), and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009).