"A dog is a man's best friend." This quote heard around the world is true in many different ways. While some people may be cat people, and we still value their opinions, there is nothing like having a dog. My own dog is a 12 year old yellow labrador retriever. His name is Bear, and he is quickly starting to slow down. He now has hip displacement and arthritis so moving around is much more difficult. His hearing is beginning to go, impairing his listening. Although I never want to think of the future, what is coming is inevitable. What I do know is Bear has always been my best friend, for many reasons. Reasons other dog owners and dog lovers can attest to as well.
1. They will do anything
Whether you want to spend your day watching Netflix or strolling through the park. Your dog fill follow. As long as he is at your side content will be etched across his face.
2. Dogs are great at keeping secrets.
If you ever are having a bad day, or just need someone to talk to. Go talk to your dog. They will never judge a word that comes out of your mouth and they will sit there and listen. Any secret you tell them is safe for life.
3. You can never stay mad at them
Everyone knows the hassle that comes with owning a dog. They may pee on the carpet, or eat your shoe. They may walk through the house with muddy feet, or knock over a glass of water. It doesn't matter that the event is they did, you cannot stay mad. If you scold them, they will droop their ears and give you that puppy dog look to say they're sorry. No one can say no to a true puppy dog look.
4. You never have to go anywhere alone.
If I ask Bear "bud you wanna go for a ride?" automatically he is up on his feet and bouncing at the door. They are your companion for about anything and some may even jam out in the car along side you.
5. You always have a cuddle buddy
Sad, cold, or just want someone to cuddle with. Your dog is your own personal teddy bear. While some may be better than others, you always have someone to sleep close to you and warm you up when it is cold.
6. They are great protectors
If someone or something is around that should not be, your dog will know. The hair on the back of his neck will stand up and he will walk towards the threat. There is no fear when it comes to danger. All they care about is protecting you with everything they have. That's a better bodyguard than an alarms system.
7. Great comedians
Your dog will do some pretty strange stuff. Most of the time it is always worthy of a laugh. He will keep you laughing at his ridiculous actions and always will keep you on your toes.
8. They are family.
Your dog from the time you get him, till the time he passes is a part of your family. His paw print may even show up on christmas cards. From sibling, to child, to friend, to soul-mate, a dog always has a special place in their family.
9. They will never forget you.
When you are their person, you are their person for life. A dog if treated right, will never leave your side. They will be loyal to the end and as a friend we could never ask for more.
10. Love is unconditional.
No matter what happens today, what happened yesterday or what is going to happen tomorrow! They will love you unconditionally.
Always treat your dog right and they will be your companion for life. Never forget and never let them go!
- Kyle Bell