Instant unconditional love
Even your closest friends and family members irk and are irked by you occasionally. Not your dog. The sun rises and sets on you, even if you run out of treats, take him to the vet, or insist on clipping his nails. Just check out that furiously wagging tail and happy bark when you return from work (or the bathroom). Your dog adores you!
You’ll save a life
Each year, 2.7 million dogs are euthanized in shelters because there just aren’t enough people to adopt them. When you adopt from a shelter or rescue group, not only are you saving that dog, but you’re clearing up space for another animal that might need it.
You’ll never be lonely
Unlike cats that often are quite happy doing their own thing, dogs are typically more social animals, wanting to hang with their people. Whether you’re reading, watching Netflix or working on the computer, your pooch will likely be at your side or curled up at your feet, reveling in your company. A 2011 study found that dog owners were less lonely, less depressed, were happier and had higher self-esteem than those without dogs.
It’s good for your health
There are all sorts of studies that show links between dog ownership and health benefits from lowering the risk of heart disease to living longer lives. Other studies show that dogs help relieve stress, and children born into a home with a dog have a reduced risk of developing asthma and allergies.
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