Ever wonder why dogs make such good pets? Itís not something many people seem to give much thought to, but Iíve been pondering it lately. Iíve had cats, snakes, fish, even a bird once, but as pets the...
Ever wonder why dogs make such good pets? Itís not something many people seem to give much thought to, but Iíve been pondering it lately. Iíve had cats, snakes, fish, even a bird once, but as pets they all compare unfavorably (in my humble opinion) to playful puppy dogs. But why? Itís not like those other species donít have their good points as pets.
Iíve concluded that the main reason that dogs make better pets is a simple one, although itís not one that most people ever really think about. They show their need for us, openly and honestly. They donít hold anything back. Most other animals tend to be aloof and sometimes downright arrogant at times. Cats come to mind.
I realize that my reasoning involves a certain amount of anthropomorphism (applying human traits to non-humans), but thatís my point! I think we canít help but be more attracted to dogs precisely because they appeal to us in human terms. Theyíre loyal, loving, needy, funny, always nice to us, etc. And I think the best pets are those who fulfill those kinds of needs we all have.
And it doesnít matter if you prefer small dog breeds like a Chihuahua or a Yorkshire Terrier, or a larger breed like Golden Retrievers or Rottweilers. Iíve had dogs as pets in all shapes and sizes, and they invariably exhibit the wonderful traits we all crave. Thereís nothing quite like coming home from a long day and being met at the door by a wagging tail and happy disposition. Know what I mean? Dogs are simply the best friends we can ever know!
John Schwartz writes about his life's passion: dogs and puppies. He is the owner of a popular website about safe dog toys and other pet supplies - http://www.puppies-dogs-supplies.com - and he works to rescue and place stray dogs.