I think a pet can be really helpful and improve times of lonliness and increase happiness.
Especially dogs, I got 3 cats and they like a stroke but they are quite narcisstic lol
They have trained mental health dogs in the states I think, much like guide dog, but it’s not come across the pond yet.
Though I think dogs are naturally loving and good without special training.
Obviously you need to think about it carefully!!! You got to be able to fufill all the dogs needs… Not your own.
So if you are considering one here’s some points to consider:
Are you manic – do not buy a dog !
Are you stable enough to provide basic needs and care?
Have you been thinking about it for a good length of time and really thought about the responsibility
If you work long hours best not get one ( in my opinion) unless someone is at home
What size dog for your accommodation
Type of dog, the personality and temperament
The care needs of the dog – best not get a super active dog that needs 5 walks a day if u are in bed most of the time!
Can you afford to look after it properly? Vaccinations, working, flea treatment, vet bills, food, grooming etc
Are you well enough to look after it and cope with the responsibility?
Do you have someone who would look after it when you go away?
Consider a rescue dog if you have no young kids or cats lol
Do you have experience with dog ownership? If not research all you can
Don’t buy from a puppy farm
Mix breeds tend to have less health problems then pedigrees
Get it neutered or spayed!
So after considering these and thinking bout it I have waited 2 years before finally putting down a deposit on a puppy yesterday.
I couldn’t get one before as I was working long hours, then I was too ill.
I have had dogs before.
I chose little Lottie here 🙂 a small dog smaller than my cats when full grown. I will collect her at 8 weeks old at end of month. And I cannot wait!!!!