For me, being a dog owner means unconditional love. In addition, they make you feel better for having such a beautiful creature as a friend. The health benefits for dog lovers of having a dog have been well researched and documented, so being a dog owner has numerous benefits.
I asked the question ” What Makes Being a Dog Owner So Special” from people on Quora and received some interesting answers which are listed below.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
One great answer from Michelle Otto is as follows:
They communicate with their eyes and sometimes a sound. They convey love through cuddles, humor, or concern through sound.
They’re there for you when you are sad or “nag you” when you spend too much time on your cell phone reading something when you should be sleeping. *ahem*.
They do funny things and then you have great pet stories to share. This can remind you of a dependent baby that’s potty trained but doesn’t ask for toys, the latest cell phone, or a college degree.
When you sit or lie down, they cuddle with you. Show affection in their own way whether it’s an obvious lick on you or a subtle sign of preferring to sit with you over cuddling with someone else.
There is an incredible bond of love between dogs and their people. The level of loyalty and devotion is without par, even compared to loving, committed human relationships.
It is like having a child/companion that never grows up and always just wants to love and protect you. And wants you to walk them and give them treats!
We know what unconditional love is. Having a being who adores you, even when you’re not so nice to them, is uplifting. It makes you feel that, no matter how other people treat you, you are loved for what and who you are, even to the point of being aware of your faults and knowing that the faults don’t matter.
Dog people can often communicate with their dogs in ways that they can’t with other people. We learn to read dog body language, and we sometimes have to guess what the dog is saying, but there is communication.
We learn to read human body language and expressions because we’ve done it with our dogs.
And, sometimes, knowing that there is a being on this Earth who is happy to see you when you come home makes us better people.
If you a dog lover, I hope that the above answers help to remind dog lovers of how special being a dog owner is, plus the special health benefits.