Happy Dog Day to you. This is the equal time day that compliments Cat Day on August 8th. Today is when we pay special attention to our canine friends.
It doesn’t matter whether the dog is purebred or a mixture big or small. As we know, there are companion family dogs, working dogs for the disabled, farm dogs, police dogs, bomb and drug sniffers, and rescue dogs.
It is widely and commonly believed that the dog was the first domesticated species. It was selectively bred from a type of wolf that is thought to now be extinct. It’s interesting to note that dogs are present in the majority of human cultures. This is one reason we say they are “man’s best friend”.
Dogs are amazing creatures that make good household companions. We are encouraged to share our affection and homes with canines. In fact, National Dog Day, today, is mostly about the promotion of dog adoption from rescue shelters. For people who have been seriously considering dog adoption, they are encouraged to find their special pal from the population of dogs waiting for them at a shelter.
Some of my friends have encouraged me to adopt a dog of my own. I gently remind them, that I do not have a canine or feline in my household because I chose not to adopt one. Also, my landlord prohibits his tenants from keeping them. I understand why my dog owning friends have dogs because some of those dogs and I get along very well and enjoy each others’ company.
Because I see my friend’s dogs Lynda and Marcos nearly every day, I sat aside a couple of weeks to reconsider my opinion about personally owning a dog. I even subscribed to a few dog training video channels on YouTube for inspiration. My favorite, by far, are the videos from Zak George. His philosophy regarding care and training of dogs is perfectly aligned with my own thoughts about how I would treat a dog of my own.
Regardless of the dog training videos, the pro-dog Internet memes, the advocacy of my friends, my enjoyment of Lynda and Marcos, I have reaffirmed the decision not to adopt a dog or cat at this time. Although I really love dogs and cats, having one or more of them is not a responsibility I want to take on.
Strangely enough, it is the frequent contact with my friend’s two adorable dogs, and my sister’s sweet cats that helped me come to this decision. I simply don’t have the time nor temperament to have a dog or cat in my home. I don’t want to be someone who gets a pet because a friend or relative believes I should have one. I don’t want to be the guy who changes his mind and brings his dog or cat to a rescue shelter. Having a pet is a lifelong commitment.
It is this alternative view of dog ownership that inspired me to choose National Dog Day to choose this topic. If you own dogs, or sincerely want dogs in your life, I’m very happy for you. If you like dogs and cats but don’t want them in your home, I’m with you. Both points of view are valid and should be honestly respected by both sides.
Have a happy dog day.