* you begin to physically and mentally care for another living being
*it forces you to become more responsible; morning feedings and bathroom trips, less spontaneous vacations/nights away and earlier nights in.
*you have to perform intimate activities on something besides yourself. (butt wiping, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, bathing,etc.)
* being completely in charge of a living, breathing, vulnerable being forces you to become more accountable.
*daily walks make you a healthier caretaker.
*if you live with a significant other, you learn to be on the same page as far as expectations and consequences go.
*keeping certain things out of reach becomes a natural habit.
*you learn to reinforce positive behaviors.
Dogs (and animals in general) are just the best and even if you aren’t preparing for parenthood, definitely consider giving a needy animal a home.
You can learn more at: http://www.aspca.org/
Here I am cuddling one of our adopted pets, Quasi. Such a rockstar dog.
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