Why getting a dog was right for me

I’m a dog person and I always have been.

A year and a half ago, I went into a dog shelter to help my mom pick out a new puppy. Unbeknownst to me, within the first five minutes I would make a spontaneous decision to pick out a puppy of my own: Steven (not to be confused with my husband Steven who I met later on 💁). Through the good times and the bad, having a Labrador for a roommate was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Realizing it’s not for everyone, here are some of the reasons why getting a dog was the right decision for me:

1. It’s good for my health – mental and physical.

I go on multiple walks every day with my pup. My husband, the dog and I go to parks and beaches, walk around tracks, and go for hikes. I probably wouldn’t have done nearly as many outdoor activities if it weren’t for him. The pup has also acted as a great therapy dog as far as cuddles after long days at work go.

2. He’s taught me patience.

While I’m pretty sure I’m the one supposed to be teaching patience, Steven has taught me to quite literally stop every so often to smell the roses. Together, we enjoy the simple things in life.

3. I’m now a much better actor.

I’m good at talking about how great my dog is to strangers at the park while knowing Steve ran full speed into a wall earlier that day.

4. I no longer obsess over material objects.

When I first adopted 3-month-old Steve, he chewed nearly everything he could sink his sharp little teeth into: phone chargers, shoes, books, remotes. One time I caught him chewing on a rock. His destructive behavior made me go bonkers. He eventually stopped (now he only occasionally chews on rolls of toilet paper), and along the way, I learned to place books on higher shelves and shoes in the closet. More importantly though, I learned that my stuff is exactly that — just stuff.

5. I finally have things to post on Instagram.

He’s so gosh darn photogenic. And I’m sure my friends love seeing pictures of my dog every five minutes. Maybe.

As cheesy as it sounds, my dog is my best friend and I’m grateful for him every day.

Do you have a pet? Let us know why you value them as a member of your family in the comments.


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  • i loved this post about your puppy! it warmed my heart and made me laugh. animals have always brought me the kind of things human beings and material objects fail at – the incredible feeling of being unconditionally loved ❤️…. along with an endless list of maturity testing moments. especially if you are a childless adult. the lessons learned happen together. the infant/puppy phase is markedly different amongst different species and animal personality types. watching them experience life – when everything is completely new to them is purity and sweetness. ( along with terrifying rushes to the emergency vet when they chew on the wrong things or get hurt. )

    i have yet to meet “the one,” but it would be fabulous if he were a vet!

    even though some of the animals i’ve been blessed enough to take care of can out live their humans ( and need to be written into our wills ), the majority have much shorter lifespans. owning animals is not only a lifelong responsibility that brings unimaginable joys, but profound pain that never heals once they are gone.

    rescuing animals has an interesting twist….two lives become saved… the animal’s and their human. {{{ one ❤️ love }}} good vibes & endless blessings

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