If you have ever spent any amount of time around a dog and happen to be capable of experiencing emotions, then I’m sure you know just how wonderful our four-legged friends are. But just in case you need a reminder or are currently trying to convince your significant other/parent/housemate to let you get a dog, here are 13 reasons why they are the absolute best:
1. They are unbelievably adorable.
Let’s face it: there’s nothing cuter than a puppy. Or a wise old dog. Or any good boy, really. There’s no point to even be made here; it’s just a fact.
2. They will always forgive you.
Your dog doesn’t care if you accidentally stepped on its tail again or had to skip the morning walk today. As long as you love your pup, they’ll love you right back and forgive whatever wrongdoings you might commit, because all that matters to them is that they get to be with you.
3. They’ll tell you who you should keep around.
Dogs have excellent intuition, especially about people. If your dog doesn’t like someone, they probably have a good reason and you should maybe be wary of that person, too. Don’t just take my word for it, though. Check out this article from the BBC on a study which concluded that dogs can tell if a person is untrustworthy.
4. They have the furriest shoulders to cry on.
Dog cuddles are magical things. Not only are they soft and sweet, but petting your pup is also scientifically shown to reduce stress and improve your mood. Cuddling your dog is practically guaranteed to cheer you up.
5. They give the best hugs (and the wettest kisses).
As I just pointed out, cuddling dogs reduces stress. I just have to also point out that dogs are so damn good at cuddling. There’s really nothing better than a hug from a dog. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to get a dog hug, then you know.
6. They are easy to please.
All you have to do to get a dog to like you is look at it or give it food. That’s not an exaggeration. Paying any amount of positive attention to a dog is seriously all it takes to get that dog to suddenly be your friend.
7. They’re hilarious.
Dogs do the funniest things just about all the time. They are massive dorks in the best possible way and will keep you laughing on the daily.
8. They won’t judge you.
Your dog doesn’t care how bad your taste in music is or if you have that last slice of pizza. As long as you love your dog, you can do whatever you want around it and it won’t judge you for a second.
9. They will protect you.
There have been many stories in the news over the past few months that have made this fact quite clear. There was the dog who protected his owner from home intruders and the dog who stayed by his little girl’s side when she got lost in the woods, to name just two such stories. If you are lucky enough to be loved by a dog, they will do whatever they can to keep you safe.
10. They will help you with everything.
The most common support animal is a dog – and for good reason. They are actually incredibly intelligent and can be trained to do an astounding number of different tasks. One list from the Service Dog Society names over 140 different tasks that service dogs can learn. How amazing is that?
11. They’re so supportive.
Your dog just wants you to be happy. They’ll do whatever they think will help with that and are always more than willing to listen to you vent. They also don’t care how many times you change your mind about your career or what “useless” degree you get. According to your dog, you are perfect and can do anything (and trust us, dogs don’t lie)!
12. They know nothing but true, unconditional love.
Dogs are too pure for this world. I don’t know what we did to deserve them. They love like there’s no tomorrow and honestly we could all take a lesson from our canine friends on how to be truly caring and compassionate creatures.
13. They literally just want you to be happy, like, all the time.
I mean, have I not made this clear enough yet? ❤