This is Miss Annie, our wonderful family pet.
We adopted her from DFW Lab Rescue four years ago.
She's sweet, well trained, loving and such an important part of our family.
Everyone needs a pet in their life, because the joy they create is exponential.
If you don't have a pet, here are 5 reasons why you should:
1. Good for your Health. Seriously. Apparently they can lower your blood pressure and help relieve your stress. Anyone who has ever spent some time petting an animal knows the feeling. They are sensitive to your moods too. Miss Annie climbed in bed with me this morning because she knew I was feeling sad about my boys leaving town for a few days.
2. Teaches Responsibility. Animals take patience and a lot of work. If you have kids, this is a big plus, because they learn to feed the pet daily, clean up after them when they do their business in the yard and have to walk them or play with them. My kids take turns feeding Annie, and they have to pick up her poop in the backyard weekly.
3. Protection. I heard it again and again that some of the best protection you can have for your home is a dog. Plus, if you live alone, there is the added bonus of not being so lonely... Annie is such a people-pleaser though...she loves everyone, so she's not a huge protection...although she's big and might intimidate some.
4. Exercise. Whether you walk your dog daily or play with it in the yard, you get exercise and the pet gets exercise. It's a win-win situation! Annie loves to play fetch with a tennis ball. She also loves to swim.
5. Clean Up. Dropped a bowl of macaroni on the floor? Dogs will clean that up for you. Tired of leftovers? Dogs will help you out there too. Yes, I know, people food isn't something you should feed your pet regularly, but now and then won't hurt, right? Annie took a chicken nugget out of the hand of a toddler the other day...I was horrified! She's usually much more polite about sneaking food.
Seriously. Pets will improve your life...but don't buy impulsively! Do your research! Figure out which pet will work best in your life...and even which breed will fit your lifestyle. But, adopting Annie was one of the best decisions I've ever made. And my boys agree!!