Having a dog is a wonderful idea, they bring companionship, personality and humor to households across the world. Dogs make good companions because of the friendship, unconditional love, loyalty and protection they give. I have decided to adopt a dog from one of my local rescue centers because there are so many unwanted dogs that deserve a loving home.
Companionship is the number one reason I chose to adopt a dog. For instance, when you wake up in the morning they don't care if you have morning breath and no make-up, they will be there to greet you good morning. Also, you know when you come home everyday your dog will always be happy to see you. After a long stressful day they will meet you at the door tail wagging ready to give you hugs and kisses because you're home. It makes all your stress and worries go right out the door. Whether you need someone to cuddle with in bed or company on the couch watching a movie, your dog will always be there for you. The loyalty of dogs is quite amazing and they always want to be by you side. In fact, just walking from room to room in your home you'll be followed. Dogs will never be judgmental, they don't care about the kind of house you live in, the car you drive or what name brand clothes you wear, they will love you for you. You might be feeling emotional, angry, or even talking out loud to yourself about your horrible day, your dog will be there listening and wagging its tail. If you are late feeding them they won't complain. If you raise your voice because they did something wrong they will always forgive you. There are many other benefits to owning a dog but surely your dog will become your sidekick. Many owners make their dogs a significant part of their family.
The second reason I chose to adopt a dog was for security. Dogs are excellent protectors and very territorial. They will defend both their homes and their owners/family. Dogs are known to bite. So when it comes to protecting their home, they will go to great lengths, even giving their life. There are many instances of dogs rushing to defend their owners against attackers. Dogs bark to alert, letting you know something is wrong and for you to go investigate. They are able to hear such things as footsteps of a burglar out side the house or a car pulling up your driveway. Often a dog will smell or hear someone near your home and begin to bark. This is especially important when you are away at work or shopping, if someone comes in you dog will definitely bite them. If you are asleep, they might bark at the slightest noise that they hear and wait close by the door to make sure nobody enters that is not supposed to. Do some research on how many dogs have saved their family from burglars, fires or carbon monoxide poisoning, the numbers are astounding. The next time you are out on a walk with family or friends watch the reaction of dogs. When another animal or person are getting a little to close they will get that alert look, eyes wide open, ears at attention, watching their surroundings. When they feel a possible threat, they get that vicious look, fangs all out, lips curled and making brutish noises through their nose, making sure that animal or person know that they mean business. Dogs are excellent protectors, even the little ones.
The final reason I chose to adopt a dog from a rescue center is because there are so many unwanted dogs that deserve a life outside of a cage. I would like for anyone considering to adopt a dog to visit with your local rescue center before visiting a pet store. There are two reasons I think you should do this...1)you will have saved a life. 2) you will have a healthy pet. Animal rescue centers are full of healthy pets who are just waiting for someone to take them home. I know that some people get a negative feeling when they hear the word “shelter” or “rescued” and have preconceived notions that pets from rescue centers or shelters aren't very healthy or are damaged. But the fact is most rescue centers examine and vaccinate the animals as soon as they arrive. Also, the employees have a good grasp on how the dogs behave and they can help you find the dog that fits your lifestyle and personality. This is a great way to ensure that you don't have to bring your dog back just because he wasn't what you expected. It is also very important when choosing your dog whether you want a puppy or an adult dog, as puppies require more training and most adult dogs have already been trained. Although dogs require a bit of care, they are very versatile animals who can fill many necessary roles. Also, having a dog in your life awards you with numerous benefits. Dogs provide their owners with companionship and relief from loneliness, complete unconditional love, built in security, and pleasure that you're caring for a living creature.