Why Dogs?


First, see Quotes about dogs.


"People know all too well that a puppy represents everything good and perfect in life and that stress-free moments like these must be treasured while they last... Can you imagine becoming impassive to the wonder of tiny paws and kisses?"" (Gewirtz, Elaine W. "Have You Lost That "Ooh-Ahh" Feeling?" Breed Column. AKC Gazette, June 2003, 46).


"Benefits [of owning a dog] range from a healthier body to a happier heart...

"..93 percent of pet owners hug their dog or cat daily and.. 89 percent of them play with their pet every day...

"..the benefits [of owning a dog] extend far beyond daily hugs and a game of catch. Here are five:

1. Love, touch, and companioship

""Dogs give us non-judgmental love and affection" ..you can't get that from a spouse or kids...

"People, by nature need contact with other living things to thrive...

"A vital component of canine companionship and love is touch, especially for the elderly and those who live alone...

2. Laughter and play

"Dogs make us laugh, especially when we play with them... "Play is so important and we [humans] don't get enough of it," Washaw says. When you have a dog, you need to fit play time into your schedule -- as your dog will remind you.

""There is this unfettered enthusiasm about dogs," says Cathy Lankenau.

3. Exercise, health, and the natural world

"Dog owners tend to get more exercise because their dogs need exercise... "Having a dog is a terrific motivational factor [to get moving]," Millard says...

"..dogs stand in as exercise coaches...

"Dogs are a link to the natural world... What is better than a sunny afternoon out with your dog?

4. Social connection and talk

"Forty-eight percent of adults confide in their animals...

"Dog owners meet and talk to people they normally wouldn't if they didn't have a dog..

5. Work

"..owning a dog takes work, especially when it comes to training.. it.. strengthens us..

"..36 percent of pet owners celebrate their pet's birthday, 31 percent take their pet on vacation, 22 percent take their pet shopping, and 13 percent take their pet to work..." (Quasha, Jennifer. "Why Own a Dog?" Dog Fancy, October 2003, 36-39).


Colby Glass, MLIS