The newest member of the FireStation Family is Riley, a 14-week old ‘Teddy Bear’ Bichon-Shitzu. We’ve been planning to get a dog for some time, but I purposely didn’t write anything about it until after we made our decision.
Whether or not to get a dog has been a long deliberation process at our house going back to when our son was little. Since the boy went off to college (now graduated), my wife has been anxious to get a house dog. I wasn’t so keen on it given how much I was enjoying the complete freedom to do whatever I wanted each day with no job and no restrictions.
Additionally, we love to be on the go & travel, but having a dog dependent on us obviously changes that. We haven’t quite figured out how we will solve out that challenge, but we know many people with dogs that aren’t completely tied down.
Of course, the upside is that there is a big body of evidence that having a pet brings a lot of happiness and even extra years to one’s life. In 2018, the National Poll on Healthy Aging surveyed adults aged 50 to 80 last fall, and more than half of whom reported owning a pet. And 88% said that their pets helped them enjoy life, and 86% said their pets made them feel loved.
I grew up in a house with much-loved cats & dogs and have many warm memories. It is a new experience for Mrs. FireStation and our son (who is home during CV19). They are enjoying the first few days of puppy love and the funny antics of Mr Riley. Here’s hoping we get him housebroken soon and sleeping quietly through the night!
Any advice for this new puppy owner?
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