It's said that all dogs are descended from the wolf. I know, hard to believe with the Dachshund, right? We've had a 7000 year-old best friendship with dogs and learned to take the rough with the smooth (and the wire-haired!).
Here's what you need to know about...
The best part about having a pet dog
- An easy friend to get presents for: a squeaky toy, an old bone, or the ball that's been stuck in the drawer for two months.
- Some to blame for unexpected wind. "Ooh, bad doggie..."
- A portable, 24-hour waste disposal unit - recycling on the go.
- A loyal friend who never reveals your secrets, including the Sunday '
walk' to the pub for an hour.
- They'll keep you fit - chasing after them.
- No more cat poos in the garden.
- Always pleased to see you no matter how indifferent, irate or drunk you are.
The worst part about having a pet dog
- What goes in must come out, usually in front of strangers when the last poo bag is ripped.
- Doors and furniture, unlike the backs of ears, do not need to be scrat...
You know how it goes. You’re breezing along together, and always looking for a word that’s bigger than boyfriend or girlfriend and yet not as formal as ‘partner'. Before you know it, things develop to the point where you’re co-signing a lease or mortgage, and looking at a joint bank account.
And then it suddenly hits you...only the pitter-patter of tiny feet will make your relationship complete!
So which is it to be – do you get a dog or have a baby?
Before you let your mummy and daddy friends browbeat you into passing on your DNA or adopting a Mini-Me, consider the following pro-dog arguments.
Unlike babies, you can quickly teach your dog to poop and pee in an orderly fashion. Once they know the right spot/s you just need a consistent routine. Incidentally, a baby will cost around £7,000 in its first year. Unless you’re Paris Hilton, your four-legged companion will cost considerably less.
2. Dogs can fetch things from a young age, even children! Keys, sticks, balls, newspapers and s...