Reasons to Have a Dog:
1. Teaches Responsibility
So it might sound clichue that a dog teaches responsibility, but it is so true! Having a dog takes some dicipline on the owner's part because fur babies are pretty dependant for everything they need. I can no longer stay at work late because I need to get home to take Odin out.
|This is on our way home from picking Odin up from his mom. He cried the whole way home. Then puked on me. Good times!|
2. Get More Exercise
We live on the third floor, needless to say we get a little more exercise hiking up and down the stairs several 'more' times a day than usual to go out and play and to go to the potty.
|We had this stuffed Shaun the Sheep toy. Odie decided he wanted it. They are best buds.|
3. See More Sunrises and Sunsets
|He thinks he's people|
4. Notice the Small Things
Odin makes us stop and pause on the simple things in life. When he has an accident it's not the end of the world. We also celebrate his successful tinkles. We spend a lot of time watching him entertain himself in the most unusual ways. My absolute favorite thing he does is when he crawls in my lap and plots his chin down on my arm or looks into my face. They don't call them puppy dog eyes for nothin'.
|Odin rides in his crate if I am driving. But I couldn't resist letting him stay on my lap because he was sleeping.|
5. Practice for Parenthood
We joked that having a puppy is training us for parenthood, but all jokes aside, it really is a great way to get you in the parenting mindset. I could list all day some of the similarities between having a puppy and a baby, but that would be another blog post. So I won't do that to you.
|He steals my pillow.|
6. Spend Time Outside
I'm almost certain I have spent more time outside in the last month, than in the last year. That's an exaggeration, but definately more time than usual. This is great because not only am I getting some vitamin D and feeling the sunshine I get to notice more detail in nature. I also started a garden due to the amount of time I was spending waiting on Odie to get his business done. Now I have something to do while he is sniffing out the perfect spot.
|If you can't tell by the look in his eye he really wants that apple. Apples are his favorite treat. And popcorn.|
7. Becoming Selfless
Having a pet really makes you put yourself aside for a moment. Like when I have to get out of bed extra early to take Odin out, or cleaning up doggy do-do. Having a pet or even a child be completely dependant on you puts you in a very different position. I have really started to think about how my plans or what I want will affect Odin.
|Just hanging out.|
8. Not to Procrastinate
This is one I never expected, but if I procrastinate taking him out, I pay the price. Luckily this is rubbing off in other areas of my life too. I am putting things off less and getting more done. All thanks to a puppy.
|Working on our snob poses.|
9. Make Lots of New Friend
I can't even count the people and new friends we have meet in the time Odin joined our pack. People that live in our condos, or at the vet, come up to us just to chat. We are making new friends all the time. We even have friends calling to make play dates. Which honestly, has benefited our social skills just as much as Odin's.
|Meeting Hadoop, our pink elephant|
10. Someone to Come Home For( because husband is never home! )
Having a pet has made me come home form work earlier on a consistant basis. (I know I have mentioned that before in other reasons above) I feel really guilty if I take too long getting home. This has actually helped to cut out some of the stress from work. I now have a small amount of meaning
outside of work. It has honestly added a healthy balance to home and work.
Make no mistake, having a pet is a lot of work! It is also very rewarding and gets better with time.