Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Advantages of Owning a Dog

"I'm bored! Why Won't Anyone Play With Me?"
This is our 9-year old dog, named BUDDY. He's half chow and half collie. We have him since he was 4. Having him in our family is a joy.

What are the advantages to having a dog in a house? While dogs make wonderful companions in an increasingly urbanized society, they do, however, present some constraints that humans must assume. The following are some of the positive aspects of having a dog in the house:

- added social stimulation within the family. Talking about the dog, taking care of him, playing with him and being interested in him are all positive for the group;
- companionship from the dog, which is especially important for persons living alone;
- relaxation that comes from walking the dog, playing with him and petting him (some studies have even shown that a person's heart rate decreases when petting a dog);
- the sense of protection that the entire family feels in the presence of a dog who guards the house;
- friendship and sense of companionship, even emotional attachment that is sometimes very intense and that bonds the owner with his faithful four-legged friend;
- the responsibility that comes with buying or adopting a puppy;
- the undeniable support role a dog plays in raising children. Moreover, dogs are widely used by psychologists to assist in reintegrating problem or delinquent children or adolescents;
- the understanding and sympathy from this animal, which at times are apt to transform human beings;
- the feeling of value and achievement that some people have when they are accompanied by their dog and can show him off;
- facilitation of social contacts in a society in which people hardly ever talk to strangers and in which walking one's dog provides a way to talk with other people walking their dogs;
- finally, the feeling of prestige that some people have in owning a certain breed of dog. Objectively speaking, however, it is questionable whether this is actually a positive virtue since a dog is not like a sports car.

24 comments :

Glenda said...

adorable! must love dogs talaga ate!

you should see my babies too! they're my joy! =) dapat maging friends sila ni buddy niyo! hehehe

-Glenda
http://intheheartandmindofglenda.blogspot.com

BastiSimonandSam said...

they say kids with pets grow up to be more responsible, gentle, and caring individuals.

Chie Wilks said...

kagwapo sa inyong doggy sis....this made me miss my Sarah...it's been a while since we last visited her at her new home...

sendzki said...

cute..naa pud koy iro BUDDY ang ngalan.....since 1st year high school pa ko niya na iro...karon kay 8 years old na siya..pero dili kaay mi close kay murag eventually napabayaan man to nako siya then pag college nako....wa na gyud ko kita niya..taga uli nako sa amo ....di na siya kaila sa ako pirmi na kug paghuton hahaha

nice A said...

He looks pretty much like our dear Balto who already passed away 2 years ago.
This is one well-elaborated post, Dhemz.
So Pinas lng pala may nagmumukhang Biyernes Santo kc di rin pala celebrate jan, hehehe! Salamat uli sa pagbisita, my dear, as ever.

chubskulit said...

Buti si buddy at di na nagwewe sa loob hehehe, naku ang pasawa naming si Champ nagkakaaksidente pa rin, nahahighblood ang aking hubster lol..

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Ang ganda nga nung aso ninyong si Buddy. Mukhang matalino at matapang, hehehe, lol. Bilib na ako sa iyo, pati pag feature sa aso mo eh encyclopedic, hehehe, lol. Pero tama lahat ang sinabi mo. Ang aso ang pinaka faithful na pet na magpo protekta sa kanyang mga amo. Mahirap lang alagaan lalo pa kung maliit lang ang yard mo. Sana magkita si Buddy at si Champ ni Rose. Hindi kaya sila magaway? lol. Sige, salamat sa post. God bless you all always.

hitesh rawat said...

I love dogs and hate cats...but i still don't like owning pets.....when i'd feel like playing ..with dogs......in India...we have lot of stray dogs.....i can play with them..... :)

It's been time...but i have busy busy....and add that 100 times....you'll know the level of busy i was....

:)

Vernz said...

Ay true kaayo! .... pero kagwapo ni Buddy... wala jud kagid .... hahaha ... pero bitaw Dhemz ... adorable kaayo!

ilovepink1078 said...

I do agree. You have cute pet (dog). I have dogs and cats at home however, there not cute as your pet kasi askal yong aso dito. hehehe.

But I like and love them. Next time If I can make a glimpse, I will Introduce my pet to the world of bloggin'.

pink

choknat said...

kainggit naman. gusto ko ulet mag-alaga ng dog pero ayaw ng nanay ko. :(

eden said...

He is so cute and adorable. Lingaw bitaw mga checketing basta dogs na. Diri sa amo apil sad ug dagan dagan. Usahay kapuyon nalang mga kids but dili gyud ang dogs..hehehe

Hazelicious929 said...

That is so true Dhemz, they are a good companion when you are in solitary and needs someone whom you can play with. Playful kaayo na sila. We have dogs before pero karon wala na kay sige man mi travel unya lisod pod sila ibilin so dili na lang mi mag dog especially pag uuwi kami sa Pinas... Buddy is cute, Dhemz!

analou said...

These are so true dhemz. I felt secure with Bones whenever my husband is not around. He is really a good guard dog.

Your dog is so adorable. He looks like our neighbor's dog, Marley Bear. I really love dogs and ever since I can remember, I always have a dog, either one or two. They are an amazing animals!

Wengss said...

hello Dhems kumusta naka diha. Naa diay moy dog, ka cute ba sa iya nawong oi.maayo na kay naa moy house guard but I guess hago pod no of taking care og dog. kay not like sa ato sa phils.our door is always open, kaya anytime pwede kagawas ang alaga basta mangihi og mag tae.

happy easter sa inyo

Gene said...

Dogs are love! I love having one for myself in the future, but I guess having a pet is like having another child and I know I'm not ready for that. I'll just have to show my doggy affections to my father's pet. He's turning 10 this year.

Lulu Post said...

naku bahala na si batman sa advantages ayaw ko pa rin ng dog... siguro kapag may mansion na kami we will get a dog... andrea and dave loves dog pero mahal ang vet poors ako lol

nuts said...

we have dog at home pero not as hunk as your dog haha.. a male shih-tsu.. huggable siya just like buddy, he's name is magic.. magaling siya mag magic..lol

David Funk said...

I agree with what you're saying here. I haven't owned a pet since living on my own, but we did have a family dog of dobermans before. Dogs are most helpful to those less fortunate like those that are blind for example. Those are plenty good enough advantages to owning a dog.

Very well done in this my dear friend!

Mizé said...

Buddy is such a beautiful dog!
Great pose in the first picture. I agree with you...pets can be such wonderful companions.
Regards, Mizé

Hi! I'm Grace said...

I agree on this post 100%.
Na-miss jud nako ang among mga dogs. :(

Sendzki said...

follow up: we'll be bathing the dog today...we'll be bathing our very own BUDDY! hehe

Kawaii said...

Very well written and nice photos too... As we all know dogs are man's best friend. Keep on posting...

shydub said...

Starrine mn si buddy pup. Makalingaw jd niong dog, mans besfriend jd. Most oldies have their own pet like dog, mostly dogs than cant or any other pet. They are good companion talaga.