“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
Nothing is more incredible to me than the unconditional love and companionship of a dog. I have never experienced a love quite like the one I experience from the two puppies I have. Whether you’ve just taken them home or they’ve been in the family for ten years- you couldn’t ask for a better friend.
For anyone looking for a furry friend to take home, I wanted to share a few thoughts/tips for you on the subject.
Adopt or Shop?
Personally, I believe it’s a great service to adopt a dog from a local shelter or pound. Even if you’re looking for a specific breed, they have specialized shelters for different types of dogs all over the country. These dogs have a much more difficult time finding a home, and you are still able to find the personality, size, and breed that you want. My retired racing Greyhound is a rescue (I could do a whole separate blog on why you should adopt a Greyhound, in fact I may do that later on). He is a wonderful, sweet boy and I am so glad we made the decision to rescue him rather than going to a breeder for something else.
Now I may get some flack for this, but I also don’t believe it’s the end of the world if you decide to go to a breeder. If you want a puppy that has a longer lifespan, or a very rare breed of dog, that may be your only option for finding one. We weren’t planning on getting my second dog from a breeder, but I have a cousin whose Golden Retriever had Goldendoodle puppies and I couldn’t resist them. He will probably be the only dog I purchase that way though- rescues will be our main focus from now on. We are actually applying to rescue a Corgi at the beginning of next year! (Eeek!)
When you do finally pick out your pup, I’d highly recommend bringing any other dogs in the house to meet it before you bring him home. I would also say the same thing about any kids the dog will be around. Most of the time it will be outlined very clearly what the dog will do well around, but it doesn’t hurt to make sure everyone gets along!
Your New Best Friend
If you really need a rundown on why dogs are fantastic, I have some great reasons to consider adopting a pet. For someone like me, with heavy mental issues and no children, it has been an amazing source of joy and peace to have dogs around me. They give me something to nurture and snuggle endlessly, which is very important. Dogs also make excellent bed warmers. They are perfect to keep next to you, especially in the winter. If you need motivation to take a walk/run, your dog definitely needs the exercise- take them with you! Also, no matter what size/color/temperament that you want- there’s a dog that will match up perfectly.
Here’s my two balls of joy-
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Please share your dog stories/pictures with me, I’d love to see them and even share them on a future blog post if you’d like!