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  • Writer's pictureAnisha Biswal

For the Love of Dogs

A common saying is “A dog is a man’s best friend.” Today, dogs are known to assist all animal lovers with their happiness and their mental health.

When a family brings a new furry friend home, they are often worried about the responsibilities of taking care of the newest family member. With both kids and a dog in one household, it may seem overwhelming for parents to tend to all of them. However, with discipline and time management, it can be extremely rewarding to take care of a dog, and they soon become a cherished part of the family. At a young age, children will be taught the value of showing love and care towards everyone, not just towards humans. Children will also learn the responsibility of caring for others.

Many dogs require physical activity, so their owners must be able to walk them at least once a day. These opportunities to exercise not only boosts a family’s physical health, but also enables them to spend more time outdoors. According to Huffington Post, multiple studies link having a canine companion to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which “contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks.” Dogs are proven to have the ability to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and many other mental health issues as well. Though many overwhelmed adults are worried about investing in a dog, it can often be beneficial for their health to give it a try.

Dogs are not only lovable because of their adorable looks and personalities, but also for their intelligence and bravery. For example, police dogs have saved countless lives through their risky jobs. Dogs can serve as strong protectors of owners, especially children. There are also service dogs who help the blind and those with mental health issues, such as people diagnosed with severe cases of anxiety.

If the fact that dogs can make a positive impact is not enough to convince you, perhaps you can think about how you can help save a dog’s life by giving it love and a roof over its head. While it is beneficial for a family to have a dog, many fail to realize how significant it is for a dog to have a family. Adoption is one of the best things a human can do for an abandoned animal. Approximately 70 million animals, including over 4 million dogs,  are stranded across this country alone all waiting for someone to take them home. Unfortunately, shelters do not have the capacity to take in all strays in need. Around 3 million dogs have been killed each year in shelters or by cruel owners. Adopting a dog is one way to save a life.

Dogs are a gift to the world and the people in it, and every single one of them deserves to be loved and cared for in an attentive home. I strongly encourage you to take action and adopt today, both for yourself and the dog.

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