They’re Great Companions
Dogs make absolutely wonderful companions! Studies have shown pets actually decrease rates of depression, improve social behavior, and enhance an owner’s health.
- Dogs live to love and please us!
- They cuddle better than anyone!
- Their reaction when you return from an extended absence is priceless!
- Dogs are extremely loyal, intelligent, trainable, and don’t discriminate!
Dogs Make Wonderful Work-out Partners!
Whether the game is a walk or a jog, owning a dog (hopefully) forces people to exercise them daily, which means exercise for the owner!
Believe it or not, the United Kingdom has actually made a sport out of running off-road with your dog, called Canicross! The human participant wears a waist belt which attaches a bungee line to a padded dog harness.
Canicross is a fantastic way to keep you and your dog fit whilst enjoying the great outdoors together! It provides a physical workout for both you and your dog, and the use of directional commands will help him to learn and build up his confidence.
Canicross can help you:
- Get running with your very own furry personal fitness trainer.
- Foster strong bonds with your dog.
- Improve some dog behaviour problems caused by lack of exercise and stimulation
- Run faster!
- Keep in top shape and control your weight.
You’re Literally Saving a Life
If you’re still not convinced, consider this, over a million dogs are destroyed annually in the United States alone, and the number is a few hundred thousand higher for cats.
Hard to believe? Consider this: The pet industry is money-driven and very popular; large scale animal breeders (‘Puppy or Kitten Mills’) have a lot to gain by breeding and selling animals. The catch is- it is nearly impossible to profit off of the distribution of hundreds of animals, and properly treat them medically- so most of these large mills simply don’t. For this reason, people have paid large sums of money to ‘order’ a pet, only to find out they must spend hundreds or thousands more simply to keep it alive. You should Never order a pet off of the internet.
These animal breeders produce more animals than there is a demand for or room to house; many end up in shelters across the country. Of course, our shelters can’t come anywhere near being capable of providing for every animal out there; they simply lack the resources.
‘Euthanasia’ is not a correct term, depicting the assisted death of an already terminal, suffering human or animal. The vast majority of animals put to death are completely healthy and well-behaved; we simply lack the resources to care for them.
When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you’re guaranteed a healthy animal; shelters are legally obligated to provide proper medical care for their animals. This is the reason you might pay $200 or $300 to adopt.