This week is our adopt-a-versary for my dog, Rani. So, this week is ALL ABOUT DOGS! Feel free to comment any questions you have! I am going to share our adoption story on Thursday!
Last year, my husband and I decided to adopt a dog. We had both lived with dogs in college but they were our roommates. This meant that we both got to experience the joy of being around a dog and the unconditional love a dog gives. We always knew that we wanted to be dog owners and finally decided to take the plunge! This past year has been one of the best because of our dog, Rani. She has made our lives so happy and entertained us during quarantine. She has taught us so much too, such as responsibility and patience. With our one year adopt-a-versary coming up, I decided to write about 5 reasons you should DEFINITELY get a dog.
- Unconditional Love
Everyone talks about a dog’s unconditional love for their humans but I didn’t really understand it until I got a dog. Dogs do not get upset with their owners. You can be in the worst mood and your dog will always try to make you happy. A dog also never judges! So even when you are not your best self, they love you and don’t act differently.
Your dog is your dog! Once you have bonded with your dog, they are all about you for life. While some dogs can also be protective (i.e. bark at strangers coming near their owner), others do things like make sure that you are near or follow you around. When we go to my parents house, Rani is always checking to make sure that we are nearby (We call her our “supervisor” for this reason!).
Being a dog owner is amazing but it is a lot of work! There is a lot of responsibility that goes into being a dog parent. A dog relies on their human for food, bathroom, and care. You have to make sure that your dog is healthy and up to date with vaccines and medicines. After we got Rani, my husband and I had to coordinate our schedules more to make sure that someone would be home to take her out.
- Someone to always play with
As most of us are still quarantined, we feel perpetual boredom. A dog can provide you with endless entertainment. When I am feeling bored, I play with Rani. She loves to play catch and tug of war. She doesn’t quite understand that once she brings back the toy or ball, she should let go of it so it becomes a tug of war. I love how happy it makes her and it’s something to do!
- Extra movement
Another reason to get a dog is the extra movement! My husband and I take Rani out at least 3 times a day. That means 3 walks a day. We do it in shifts so I always take her out in the morning and my husband always takes her out at night. Then we alternate who takes her out in the afternoon. We take Rani for about a 10-15 minute walk. Even though it’s a short walk, the extra movement helps me feel like I’ve actually done something especially during quarantine.
I hope I’ve convinced you that it’s time to get a dog! Believe me when I say, it’s one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. Rani has been there for me through the happy times as well as hard times. She is always excited when I come home which makes it easier after a long day of work. To make things even better, most of us are still working from home and might be for a while so this is the perfect time to get one! But before you do, make sure you consider if you would be able to maintain this lifestyle once you go back to work!
xxSejalina and Rani