Tie by Lands’ End Canvas. Dog by Australian Shepherd and Akita. Maybe. Who knows.
1. You’ll be more physically fit
The dog won’t walk itself. Better yet, if you’re a runner, opt for a breed with more energy like a border collie* and take it for a run before work each morning. They make reflective collars, and you’ll want to wear some sort of light so people can see you, but pre dawn runs with a dog that loves to go is a terrific thing. That, and with a dog, you have to go. Even on those mornings you don’t want to. Because you know it wants to, and more active breeds need consistent exercise or they’ll get bored and potentially start to destroy your house.
2. Little spots and stains won’t matter as much anymore
So you got a droplet of grease on you new jacket while out to eat huh? No big deal if the dry cleaner can’t get it out. As long as the dog hasn’t ralphed that bag of Checkups Dental Dog Treats it stole from the cupboard all over it, you’re good.
3. Attractive Vet Techs are the first to compliment.
Think of them as a focus group. They see a lot of weird people all day. The whole spectrum. So if you walk in looking decent, they might compliment your getup which you were questioning whether worked or not.
4. You’ll be more charming
Yeah, the guy with the puppy getting dates is a cliche. But no matter the age of the dog, owning a pet is a common bond many people share. It just makes meeting people easier. Women also seem to see a man who owns a dog in a similar light as a man who knows how to cook. He needs to be able to plan, pay attention, read some signals, and then react. Those characteristics are some of the core blocks to being romantic and/or a good date. You might not be able to keep a house plant alive, but if you’ve got Fido thriving, that says something.
5. You’ll always have a lint roller handy
And you’ll probably also invest in a vacuum that actually works. Like this one. Your place might actually look a little better when people come over, because you’ll do your best to eliminate as much of the dog’s hair as possible.
*Know what you’re getting into with an active breed. You don’t want to end up neglecting a dog that needs more exercise, attention, and company than you’re willing or able to give.