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Should You Adopt a Rescue Dog? Don’t Do in on Impulse

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

There are so many great things about owning a dog. Unconditional love, companionship and protection are only a few. Owning a dog could also be beneficial to your health. It can lower blood pressure and reduce stress. But owning a dog can be a tremendous responsibility.

Before you make this giant leap, stop and think first. Adopting a dog should never be an impulse buy. I know when you see that cute face and he gives you big wet kisses, the temptation is hard to resist. You are adding another member to your family and the proper preparation is necessary. This new family member relies on you for every need. The average lifespan for an American dog is 12 years, and you will need to meet your dog’s every physical, mental and emotional need for his entire life.

Take a month before adopting to  consider what you can comfortably offer a dog that joins your life. Can you spend the time? Do you have the room? Can you manage the expense? There are many things that requires serious thought. Spending a bit of time to figure out what kind of lifestyle commitments you can make will help you decide whether a dog is right for you at this time of your life, and will help you make better decisions on what type of dogs make sense for your family.

Remember, your pets count!

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