I have always been an animal lover. When I was little I owned numerous cats, but always wanted a dog. I remember my uncle owned an old yellow Labrador called Kim, who unfortunately got hit by a car and lost one of his legs. Afterwards Kim happily got around on his remaining three legs. I knew one day I would own a dog of my own, because these days there is so much evidence why owning a dog is good for you.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
It’s true, dogs give you unconditional love and never really ask for much in return. They are incredibly patient, perceptive and personable. Every dog that I have owned has possessed its own unique personality and funny little quirks. There are hundreds of dog breeds with different temperaments to suit everyone. From feisty pint-sized Chihuahuas to the gentle giants – the Great Danes.
When it came to selecting a dog breed, I was never going to choose anything but a Labrador Retriever. Labradors are an extraordinary dog and are known for their outgoing, gentle and even-tempered traits that they all seem to possess. They are also very intelligent dogs and are easy to train as guide and aid dogs.
Over the past 28 years we have owned four Labradors, one in each colour: yellow, chocolate and two blacks. They have all been beautiful dogs that we as a family have adored, so much so that when we lost our dear old girl Jada, we were all distraught for weeks.
There are many more advantages to owning a dog, than just companionship. Here are ten very good reasons to get yourself a dog:
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
—Charles de Gaulle
“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
Our latest addition to the family, Stella is only 15 months old but has already firmly placed herself in our hearts. She is an extremely placid and easy-going dog with a beautiful black glossy coat and adoring brown eyes. We find as empty-nesters that she fills the void in our lives nicely, (and she never asks for anything or answers back!)
Are you a dog owner? What do you think is the main advantage to having a dog as a pet?
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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