A recent trip to a local animal shelter made me realize just how many dogs there are out there that are in desperate need of a good home. If only we could all adopt a puppy, I think the world would be a much better place, and for more reasons than one. A puppy is perfect for pet training
Seeing so many dogs in those little cages absolutely broke my heart. As I strolled down one hallway in particular, six of the eight dogs were puppies, and I started to wonder how long they would be alive.
As I passed each cage, they would all look up at me and start wagging their tails and whimpering. It was almost as if they sensed their impending fate and were pleading to be rescued. I decided then and there that I was going to help make a difference and adopt a puppy.
Several years ago, I adopted a Scottish Terrier and Lhasa Apso mix and named him Mickey. He was a feisty little guy, but he was also very affectionate and protective. It took me a while to gain his trust, as it sometimes does when you adopt a puppy, but before long we were the best of friends.
I had Mickey for almost 15 years before he passed away, and I was deeply hurt when he died. He enriched my life in so many ways, and his love was unconditional.
That is one of the best things about dogs – they love you no matter what. I got Mickey when I was a teenager, and I learned so many things from having him.
Having a dog taught me a sense of responsibility, because he was completely dependent upon me to provide him with everything.
I also remained very active with him, because he was so full of energy and life. When we would go out into the back yard, we would play for hours sometimes. We bonded on a level that is hard to find anywhere else in life.
When my son wanted to adopt a puppy a few months ago, I was very happy. There was no “let us think about it,” because my wife and I knew all of the wonderful things that come from owning a dog. We told him we could, but we had to go to the dog pound and pick one, not the local pet store.
It was hard for my son to see all the puppies lined up, just as it was for me, and it made me feel good that he had developed such a sense of compassion. While he wanted to adopt them all, he finally chose one, and we took him home. His name is Roscoe.
I think that if anyone wants to adopt a puppy, they should definitely do so. They are great companions, are very protective, obedient, easy to train and provide you with more joy than you could possibly imagine. Most of all, they are the perfect animal for pet training.