First and foremost, the ranges of discussions that can take place for getting or not getting a dog can vary from person to person. It is truly relative.
There are no objective answers that can unequivocally make our society adopt a dog per every household, or for every household to not have one at all. Additionally, the attempt to sequentially persuade someone to a final consensus is impractical, because statistics defends both positions.
Therefore, we should put logic to the side and base our answer off subjective feeling. We have decided that in our case, we weighted the benefits of having a dog to be more rewarding and life-changing, based on the premise that it makes you a better person.
That the responsibilities and challenges makes you unconditionally love a dog even more. And that ultimately, it transcends itself to every other aspect of your life, because everything you do is interconnected.
We have two dogs, the older one who is sixteen and the younger one who is nine. They have become like our kids. Yes, we will be genuine enough to say that they have not been easy at times and have caused us quite of bit of headaches. But being able to think about it more profoundly, they have allowed us to believe that those moments are even more reason to love them even more.
Furthermore, what they have given us, aside from love, a sense of happiness, and a teaching of responsibility, is a better life. We cannot explain it, but these great creatures have powers that we as people are ignorant too. It may be due to a better handle of instincts. But the following is what they give us every day:
1. A smile in the morning when we wake up and at night before we go to sleep
2. Catch, fetch, and running games
3. Company for watching movies and TV
4. Our personalized alarm clock
5. The ability to be someone’s personal chef
6. And two more best friends
But now, the oldest one is suffering through diabetes and has become both blind and deaf. He struggles a little bit more every day, but in him we see his fight. Each passing day, we ask ourselves are we doing him justice? Can he handle what comes with older age? Can he handle the pain and suffering?
However, every morning we are able to wake him up and he jumps knowing that he is getting his breakfast. He circles with joy when he gets to go outside to feel the air. He has also becomes stronger to the insulin, in which he has to be injected every day with. And why do we bring this up?
Very simple, because he deserves it and having him as a pet in our household has been one of the greatest investments of our lives. And any emotional satisfaction that we get from both of our dogs outweigh any medical, economic, and time costs it may take from us. Scratch that, there are no resources being taken from us because we are putting it into two creatures that we love.
Again, our experiences may not be fitting for everyone. And by not having a dog, does not mean that you are not the best version of yourself. But for some people, it may help them get to their objective faster. We talked about finding a solution to the question, and our answer is quite simple, yes it is worth having a dog. Bottom line, the happiness you gain as a human being by having, nurturing, and most importantly loving them, is very fulfilling.