Getting a dog changes your life - for good and for bad.
Gone are the carefree days when you could up and go on holiday for days or weeks at a time or have a late night without needing to plan who will feed and play with the dog.
They always want and need your attention, no matter how busy and distracted you are.
Sometimes they'll want to play, and you won't have time, or you won't be in the mood. They might even pee on the floor, as puppies are prone to do.
They only have tiny bladders after all.
If they're anything like my dogs, they may even equate carpet with grass and think anything goes.
Other times they'll make the cutest face or noises and your heart will just melt.
They might chew the furniture or scratch at it, especially when teething. Some days you may need to work at being patient, particularly in the toilet training phase.
Sometimes they might seem like a lot of work.
Evidently lots of people think so. When I was a child, and the movie '101 Dalmatians' came out, every child in the country wanted a dalmatian puppy for Christmas. Less than a month after Christmas, most of those had been abandoned, either at shelters or often by the roadside. Many were killed by passing cars, or had to be put down after they could not be rehomed.
A dog of any age is undoutedly a huge commitment. Dogs can easily live for 15 years, sometimes longer. It isn't a decision to take lightly, especially with children involved.
But if you're prepared to put the work in, getting a dog can be the best thing that ever happened to you.
When you've had a bad day, they'll always be there to greet you and love you as though you're the best thing since sliced bread. And when you're at home, snuggled up on the sofa with that little ball of fluff on your lap - you can't imagine life without them.
What a great article!
I think it is so important to fully consider the implications of taking on the responsibility of a pet. I worked at an animal shelter as a volunteer and it broke my heart, the number of dogs and cats that were left there because people had not used their rational thinking and only bought them with their heart.