- Pets and Animals
Why We Love Dogs
Are you a Dog person or a Cat Person?
Pet lovers have always categorized into two types Dog People and Cat People. Dog people are said to be outgoing and friendly while cat people have been categorized as particular or reserved. I was going to play the middle ground and tell you I am neither a dog person or a cat person, however that would be a lie! I am a dog person. There I said it. I never thought I would have three dogs ever in my life at one time. But I do and it is working out better than I have thought. It is because of these experiences with my three hounds that I am writing this article. I love them all, ( the cat too) and they love me in their particular way. However I believe in a lot of ways people have more to gain in a relationship with dogs. Here are several ways dogs are better than cats!
Who Do you Love?
Are you a Dog Person or a Cat Person?
So what makes Dogs so special? Is it the fact they are loyal? Is it the fact that they make good companions? When comparing them to cats there is no comparison. Don't get me wrong I do like a cat purring on my lap now and then. However I can't depend on a cat to chase away other animals or bark like crazy when there is someone at the door.
When you see something on the internet about cats it is usually a cute fuzzy picture like the one adjacent to this text. However when you see something about dogs it is usually of importance that will benefit humans. The picture on the bottom is a picture of a service dog through the organization Dog Bless You! For every 1000 likes they get on their Facebook page they will donate a service dog to a Vet or wounded warrior! Please look up Dog Bless You on Facebook the next time you are on!
Dog Bless You!
- Service Dogs For Veterans With PTSD: Dog Bless You
Any dog owner is well acquainted with the comfort that our canine friends provide on a daily basis. Different organizations have realized the healing power that man's best friends can have, and have begun using dogs for emotional aid for senior citiz
Dogs can be so helpful
You know if I am ever pulling weeds in the garden I can depend on my pup Blackie to dig up every tulip bulb I have planted. I guess they did not belong there in the first place. Thanks Blackie for making me replant the bulbs.
But seriously there are nearly 20, 000 service dogs in the united States. You might be surprised at the types of service dogs available! Check out this list below:
- Seeing Eye Dog
- Search and rescue dog
- non violent protection dog
- allergen alert dog
- Seizure alert dog
- Neurological disabilities dog
- Deaf dog
- psychiatric disabilities dog
- preventing destructive behaviors dog
- Retrieving Dog
You will never have to eat alone in your life
That's right you can depend upon your canine companion to be there with you for every meal and even when preparing the meal. My dogs keen sense of hearing can detect when the refrigerator door opens or the microwave goes off. My dogs like to help me cook as well. There favorite place to sit is in front of the stove!
As you can see form the photo this dog doesn't like to leave her master's side!
In regards to loneliness dogs can be a sure cure for depression! Emotional support animals are psychiatric service dogs. I have provided a link below of one young woman's account of having her own service dog!
One young woman's account of her life with a psychiatric service dog!
- Service Dogs for Depression
I've had personal experience with both my own depression and a very close family member fighting daily for control over her life. I want to share our fight with others, and offer a new special way to keep fighting. Hopefully more and more people find
You never need to vaccuum again
Give the hoover a rest because the dogs will get it! Nothing sucks down a plate of dropped hamburger like a hoover hound! They are great for cleaning spilt grease on your floor. If my boyfriend had his way he would never wash any dishes ( if you know what I mean!)
There has been a popular notion that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's mouth. If you think about where a dog's mouth has been you would know this is simply not true.
You can't dress up a cat
Or can you? I have never heard of a person who has dressed up his/her cat in a costume and lived! Dogs suffer the humiliation just because they love you! This picture is of Blackie as a butterfly for his Halloween costume. Manly yes? This picture won first place in the Cutest Pet Contest where I work.
Dogs are more affectionate
Cats can be affectionate too, but only when they want to be! Like at 3:00AM when their food bowl is empty. Dogs are always affectionate. They get excited to see you when you just come back from the bathroom!
Dogs are more playful
How do you play with a cat? With a piece of string. Dogs are very active and want to run all the time. They like to wrestle jump and play. There are many benefits to dogs and their owners. The obvious benefit is exercise for both. Secondly playing together can strengthen the relationship. Also if you want your animals to sleep at night then it is best to keep them active during the day.
Other Random Things Dogs are Good at!
You can trick a dog. If you are trying to coheres your furry friend into coming back to you after running away , you can usually entice them with food. If you ask your cat to come here they all the sudden have to give themselves a cat bath, or stare at something you can't see. Cats can seemingly stare at something on the wall for hours
Dogs go through doors better. If you have ever notice dogs charge through doors. While cats normally take their own sweet time, stopping to rub against something or again, give themselves a cat bath.
Dogs are good at catching flies, at least mine are. If I hear a stampede through the house I know there must be a fly buzzing around. Bo and Blackie are the biggest on the sport of fly catching or any bug for that matter. One time I found those two dogs putting there noses to the ground and abruptly jumping back several times. I found they had stalked and cornered a Cicada. As you might know these insects make loud buzzing sounds that scared Blackie and Bo. Buddy my other hound dog was on his chain as he tends to runaway. I decided to take the noisy bug over to him so all three could play with it. This was short-lived entertainment as Buddy took one gulp and the cicada was gone.
Now reading through this you might think I am anti-cat. This is simply not the case. I love my cat and try to give her as much attention as my three dogs. However Figaro is a cat and things have to go by her rules. So attention comes when SHE wants it. More often than not she wants attention at 3:00 AM. She climbs on top of my chest and sits there and PURRRRS loudly until I get up. And usually I do get up. When a 15 pound cat sits on your chest you take notice. When I get up we have to go through this process where I walk her downstairs to her food bowl. I either have to put more food in her dish or spread the food out until it covers the whole dish. This is one of Fig's obsessions. She must not see the bottom of the food bowl! EVER! It is easy to understand this obsession after realizing Figaro was adopted. Er.. I mean Figaro adopted us! The neighbors (who are long since gone) told us Fig hopped into their car at Krogers one day. They brought it home and did not feed it. Needless to say it wandered over to our home and was fed by me and another neighbor. When it became winter we let her inside and she just stayed with us. Overall she is a nice cat. She rubs up against you and says hi. She spends most of her time outside though, lying under cars. The dogs give chase to her once in a while. However do not worry about Figaro. As I said before she is 15 pounds and can take care of herself. Once in a while she will get near enough to a dog to rub up against it. This just puts the dog into fear mode. Their eyes pop wide open and they tremble a little bit. See a rub like this is just like the kiss of death! If she is near enough to rub on them then she is near enough to give them a good swat. Figaro does this occasional, the ole rub and swat, with being provoked. I am sure it is in retaliation for the chase that happened earlier in the day!