We have been lucky enough to have our dog, Buster, in our lives for the past 13 1/2 years. He is getting grayer, moving slower, but still has the playful personality of a pup. We have had a couple scares that he might be ready to cross the doggy rainbow, but he has pulled through. We are not ready to let him go and and I thank the powers that be that they haven’t called him yet! We have always spoiled him terribly, but no more so than lately as he advances in years.
There are so many dogs that need a forever home. Contact your local SPCA, http://www.petfinder.com, or keep an eye out for events that promote dog adoption (here in Cincinnati many of our local breweries host the pooches on a regular basis) to find out how to adopt your own doggie and experience the joy that a pet provides (don’t forget about the kitties, too!). Enjoy the article below with some funny quotes and benefits of dog ownership…
“The better I get to know people, the more I find myself loving dogs.” Charles de Gaulle, former President of France.
“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” Robert Louis Stevenson, author, Treasure Island.
“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” Andy Rooney.
“If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Harry Truman
“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” Marilyn Monroe
Elton John’s dog was the best man at his wedding.
Drew Barrymore has bequeathed her house to her dog Flossie.
Oprah Winfrey, at jury duty was asked to say something about herself,. She said,” “I have a talk show. I’m single. I have eight dogs.”
“There are few (people) who have even a small surplus of intellectual powers. . . .with the others, it is better not to enter into any relations . . . what they have to say will not be worth listening to….To anyone who needs lively entertainment for the purpose of banishing the dreariness of solitude, I recommend a dog, in whose moral and intellectual qualities he will almost always experience delight and satisfaction.” Arthur Schopenhauer, Philosopher.
Why a person might prefer a dog to humans
On the face of it, preferring a dog over humans seems absurd. After all, dogs’ thinking is limited, their speech non-existent. Yet, especially if people haven’t been reliably kind to you, a dog offers certain advantages:
Reliability. A dog will always be there for you. Compare that with the human divorce rate.
Non-judgmentalness. A dog will never disparage you. As was made famous by psychotherapist Carl Rogers, non-judgmental listening can often be of great benefit.
No hidden motives. People are sometimes nice to your face and stab you in the back. Or they’re nice until it becomes expedient not to be, for example, if serious money is at stake. With doggies, what you see is what you get–consistent, unconditional love.
Practical matters: A doggie forces you to get out and take walks–healthy. If you’re single, a doggie is a date magnet. It can provide security—most dogs bark when someone comes near your home. And on a personal note, my doggie Einstein is my receptionist, welcoming clients with a wag and a kiss—something no human receptionist would do. And he’s my co-counselor: If a client likes, Einstein will sit next to him on the sofa. The client often pets the dog during the session–a great stress buster. Years after a client has finished working with me, I’ve often received a note that includes a line such as, “How’s Einstein? Give him a hug for me.”
Even if you generally prefer people over dogs, for most of us, the benefits of having a doggie in the family far outweigh the liabilities…