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Hidden benefits of dog ownership - what are your thoughts?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by classixuk, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. classixuk

    classixuk PetForums VIP

    Jun 6, 2009
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    Well everyone, it's soon going to be 4 weeks since we got our puppy.

    Having not had dogs since I was a kid, my re-introduction to the dog world has been through the somewhat naive, and innocent eyes, of a 32 year old male.

    It's amazing how much stuff about dog ownership that I simply took for granted when I was a kid; perhaps because it simply didn't relate to me, but I'd like to use this post to share with you some of my new found "adult" observations of the dog world. And perhaps, after reading, you might all care to add a few of your own?

    1. Internet dating sites are a waste of money.

    All single guys looking for love should immediately cancel their subscription with match.com, and use the savings to buy a puppy.
    Not because a puppy is better company than a wife/partner/significant other you understand (although I am sure some would debate that); but simply because (as I have discovered), nothing else attracts people like a puppy can!

    Now I am not single (or looking thank you), but let me tell you, it's been just 2 days since I started taking puppy out "in public" and I now have more "dates" lined up than a fig tree branch!

    On Wednesday night I have to be at my local Tesco at 7.30pm to meet a guy who is bringing me a fab diet sheet (for my other half, not the dog!) after he came up and simply started chatting about pup.
    I have 3 separate meetings lined up this week in the local park with 2 lovely ladies and an eccentric posh bloke so that we can walk our dogs together.

    The girls at the local library have promised to let me off with my fines if I go back and show them puppy and I think I have made about 10 new acquaintances in our local area.

    Plus, I made a sweet new friend at puppy class. She is 10 years old and her dog's called Harper (a beautiful lab) LOL. She was there with her Mam and Dad and she put me right at ease with my puppy (we were both new there). :) Lovely kid and a credit to her parents! Hopefully she will be there next week and I can catch up on Harper's progress.

    Really guys, if you want to meet people with minimal effort, just buy a puppy and parade it around your local area.

    2. Gym memberships are a waste of money.

    I smoke. I drink. I watch TV. I stay up late. I leave the dishes until the next day and my cleaner does them. I am lazy.

    But on Sunday, I found myself doing circuits of an agility course inside a horse shed at my puppy's first training class. I was jumping over hurdles, bending down looking into tunnels and running around in circles. Still slightly hungover from the previous evening, I would usually have been laid on my couch watching the Eastenders omnibus (or something equally as mind numbing) but not this particular Sunday.

    After my circuit training, I went home to replenish fluids, before heading off to my local park where I took part in "run from the bench to the tree and back and see if puppy follows you". Then I endured "run whilst calling puppy's name to see if he thinks you are more interesting than the other dog he is chasing after".

    The following day was slightly less punishing as I was introduced to "fetch the item that you just threw 100 yards whilst puppy watches you do it" and then afterward "watch puppy chase the item you threw 100 yards before sniffing it and coming back with nothing" and then quickly reverting to "fetch the item that you just threw 100 yards whilst puppy watches you do it"!

    By the end of the month, I'll have the body and fitness levels of Steve Cram!

    3. You don't need to buy expensive veterinary foods if your elderly cat is overweight.

    Tigger is an adorable, 11 year old neutered male cat that we've had since he was a kitten. Prone to over-eating and under-exercising (you cannot control the diet of a cat who goes outside as they can catch and eat as many mice as they like), his weight goes up and down like a bride's nightie!

    People often say either, "Wow, what a big cat" (when he is heavy), or ask if he is a female (when he is normal) due to the large "sacks of skin" hanging underneath his belly, not unlike those of a female cat that has given birth to a couple of litters.

    Vets often suggest a "balanced and controlled" (i.e. expensive) diet of dried foods, which would be fine were it not for his ability to supplement it with whatever he catches, or more often, gratefully gleans from the other cat loving households in the area.

    Since puppy's arrival 4 weeks ago, Tigger has miraculously lost weight and toned up. This is due to 2 things.
    1) If he doesn't eat his food, the dog will.
    2) Being chased around the garden at 15mph must be having a similar effect on his health levels as "fetch the item that you just threw 100 yards whilst puppy watches you do it" is having on mine.

    So anyway, I think that now will be a good time to hand over to everyone else, and see if I can discover all of the other "hidden benefits" of dog ownership that I didn't know were waiting for me!

    alphadog, LouJ69, westie~ma and 3 others like this.
  2. rona

    rona Guest

    What a lovely post, well done, you made me smile :)
    Unfortunately my brain isn't quite in gear at the moment so I cannot add to your list, but thanks for brightening my day :)
  3. classixuk

    classixuk PetForums VIP

    Jun 6, 2009
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    Any time Rona! Thanks for your feedback. Glad to have put a smile on your face so early in the morning!

  4. rona

    rona Guest

    I gave you rep too :D
  5. bird

    bird PetForums VIP

    Apr 2, 2009
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    I've lost just over a stone since Arnie came.
    More people have spoken to me since january than probably the past 2 years
    Hes completed my life my family and my home
    He makes me smile with his antics
  6. westie~ma

    westie~ma ~ In my shed ~
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    Mar 16, 2009
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    I've also lost a stone, since Monty's arrival.

    I now walk in all weathers and whats really weird is that I enjoy it :)

    I've met and talked to some genuinely lovely people who I would never know existed otherwise and they all live within a 5 mile radius of our home.

    Whilst out with Monty in the rain, I met a chap with a springer, turns out he is a maths tutor (and a flipping good one at that) he now comes to the house to tutor my kids. They both passed their maths exams ... I am over the moon .... all down to Monty ;)

    My kids are learning to "pick up after themselves" or its fair game for Monty to chew it.

    Librarians will smile and not fine you, if you bring back the training for puppies books slightly chewed at the corners.

    I am now longing for a pair of good quality walking boots
  7. LouJ69

    LouJ69 PetForums VIP

    Feb 28, 2009
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    I totally agree. Sure the first one totally applies to me as I met my OH while out walking Monty!!! He was walking his dad's staffy who was only about a month older than Monty at the time & he came over to see what type of dog Monty was. We got talking, started meeting up for walks together & the rest, as they say, is history!!! lol. 3 years later!!!!
    Also, I've lost almost 2 stone since I got Monty!! Have to try to burn off all that excessive energy he has, so that resulted in me burning off excess calories!! lol
  8. PoisonGirl

    PoisonGirl Banned

    Oct 24, 2008
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    Puppies give you confidence!

    When I got Dixie a year and a half ago, I didn't really have that many friends. Apart from my couple of good friends who I used to relax in the pub with, I had a few people I knew of to say hello to.

    A few days after I got Dixie I carried her on the bus and took her to the pub. People i rarely talked to started talking to me and I made loads of friends as once the ice is broken I find it so much easier.

    Dogs give you an excuse to leave early if you are not enjoying yourself! :D I have been at my mums or at the pub and not been enjoying myself, I have used excuses like ''I need to go home to let the dogs out'' and ''I need to go feed the dogs or Dave will get upset''

  9. alphadog

    alphadog PetForums VIP

    Jan 29, 2009
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    Great post and thread classixuk

    You can crunch through frost and snow, feel the pinch in your cheeks and know that life is worth living in January after all

    Relatives stop visiting :ihih: (maybe that one is personal!!)
    #9 alphadog, Jul 7, 2009
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2009
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