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Want a Friend? Get a Dog

Dogs have been human’s good friends for thousands of years. Originally wild animals, the dog was eventually domesticated and has been a constant companion for humans ever since. You want a friend? Get a dog and train it well and treat it right, and he or she will be your constant companion for life.

Want a friend? Get a dog

If you have never owned a dog it may seem odd to you how closely man and dogs bond. A dog instinctively wants to please their owner while all they want in return is your love and affection. Their loyalty is unconditional, and many are the stories of dogs saving their owners lives in numerous ways. For many dog owners the fact their dog does not argue or boss them around is what this person cherishes so much. Modern man is not the first to be aware of a dog’s loyalty, as archeologists have unearthed human and dog skeletons from the same grave dating back several thousands of years.

So you really want a friend? Get a dog from the time they are a puppy, and you can look forward to at ten years to fifteen years of companionship. Dogs are just plain fun to be around. They are willing to play anytime you are and training your dog in obedience and social skills is a wonderful way for increasing the bonding between you and the dog. The sense of accomplishment in teaching your dog to follow commands is not only rewarding for the dog, it helps you to grow as a person as you watch your dog successfully master all sorts of training commands.

How many of us will admit we look forward to coming home knowing when we open the door we will be greeted by a wagging tail, his face smiling, and how happy he is that his best friend is back home? We all do! When I return my two dogs and I play and greet each other for a couple of minutes. They are expecting this and so am I. Far better than returning to an empty home would you not agree?

The loyalty of a companion dog to its master is unquestioned. There are tons of stories about dogs standing guard by their dead master’s gravesite. One of the more well-known was Greyfriars Bobby, as described in this Wikipedia article:

Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier in Edinburgh, Scotland, was loyal to his master long after his master’s death in 1858. Until Bobby’s death 14 years later, he reportedly spent every night at his master’s grave.  A statue in memorial of Greyfriars Bobby was erected near the graveyard.

Your family dog is a protector of young children, adults, and what they think of as “their” family and property. Dogs are not only companionship for elderly people studies have shown owning a dog is healthy for the elderly in many positive ways. How can we not love an animal that gives so much and asks for so little in return?

Want a friend? Get a dog and you will never regret it!

Are you a dog owner? Please relate your dog stories below.

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