Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Best Dog for You

Do you want a dog that never has an accident in the house? One that does not shed, does not bark and can wait extended hours for you to come home from work or social activities? How about a dog that has excellent house manners from the start and takes no time to train or maintain? I have the perfect dog for you, a toy dog!

With a stuffed toy, dog you can enjoy perfect freedom as a pet owner. If you do enjoy the occasional "bark" you can buy one with a button that barks only when you need it. If perpetual puppies are your preference, they have cute little toy puppies too. I've even seen a few robot dogs that do know commands like sit and lie down.

The point is that any good relationship takes time and that includes our relationships with our dogs. Puppies and dogs don't come wired to be in a house. They also are not designed to function independently in our world. We have to teach them what to do and how to do it. It is not always fun. Last night I was out in the rain, praying that I would be spared execution from lightning as I coaxed a five month old Sheltie puppy to go to the bathroom. There were many other things I'd rather be doing at the moment, but I know that if I invest in this puppy now, I will have a long, happy future with a treasured pet.

So, if you are considering any pet, I urge you to count the cost of money, time and effort. I find my dogs worth it because of the bond we've developed and the relationship we share. However, if you don't want to give up freedom and flexibility, that's fine too, just make sure to shop for your pet in the toy aisle of a store. Honestly, you and your "pet" will be much happier you did.

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