22 Ways Getting A Pet Changes Your Life

The life adjustments that come with getting a pet can seem totally intimidating, but once you have a four-legged BFF in your arms, that big decision you fretted over feels like a no-brainer.

Animal lovers know that pets are so more than just lap warmers. Our dogs, cats, rabbits, and lizards teach us important life lessons, like the importance of being a good listener and indulging in the occasional afternoon nap. Not to mention, studies show that having pets can lower blood pressure, make us more active, and generally improve mood – and that’s science.

As animal guardians, we sometimes lose sight of how much value our pets add to our lives. After all, they’ve been by our sides for so long we sometimes can’t even remember what life was like before we adopted them. If we had to try and imagine what our lives were like before our beloved pets came into the picture, we think it would be a little bit like the first part of The Wizard of Oz that’s still in black and white. Basically, the part you always fast-forward through until the technicolor comes in.

While you were once a dedicated food Instagrammer, life after dog means your feed is now overflowing with your pooch doing just about everything. Your paycheck is now spent on very different things than life B.D. (before dog), and as for your car? Well, you never expect the seats to be clean again.

You’ll undoubtedly find that the mess and the money is all worth the unconditional love and joy your dog offers every single day. In the comics below, illustrator John Huang captures the beautiful life he shares with his golden retriever Maimai. All dog owners are sure to relate.

“All I can think of after work is to go home knowing [my pets are] waiting for me, feels great and sweet,” John wrote.

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Getting a pet is very exciting but — as UK’s veterinary charity The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals points out — providing everything for a new animal can be overwhelming. To choose the right pet and understand its needs, the organization suggests to think P-E-T-S: place, exercise, time, and spend (with bonus points for additional knowledge.)

Deciding to get a dog shouldn’t be an impulsive choice. Often when people impulsively take home a cute puppy, the dog may eventually ends up at the shelter because the people didn’t realize the implications of committing to dog ownership.

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Before getting a dog, you need to figure out if you want a puppy or an older dog, as well as what breed of dog would suit you best.

A little puppy is always cute and fun, but they typically have a lot of energy and will need plenty of attention. If you do not have a lot of time and energy to spend socializing and training an active puppy, and you do not feel up to cleaning up little “oopsies” while house-training the puppy, then perhaps you should look at adopting an older dog.

An adult dog may not need as much maintenance as a puppy, but it may have some habits that still need some training. Most adult dogs come housetrained and, especially when adopting a senior dog, their energy level may be lower than a puppy.

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Besides thinking about whether you want a puppy or an adult dog, the breed of dog that you would like to adopt is an important aspect to consider. Each breed has its own rewards and challenges. Don’t just pick a dog because you like how they look. The personality is a much more important factor to keep in mind.

After selecting a breed, research what to expect when your new dog joins your household. Be honest with yourself about your lifestyle. For example, if your idea of relaxation is vegging in front of the television, don’t get a dog that loves exploring the outdoors.

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Besides thinking about whether you want a puppy or an adult dog, the breed of dog that you would like to adopt is an important aspect to consider. Each breed has its own rewards and challenges. Don’t just pick a dog because you like how they look. The personality is a much more important factor to keep in mind.

After selecting a breed, research what to expect when your new dog joins your household. Be honest with yourself about your lifestyle. For example, if your idea of relaxation is vegging in front of the television, don’t get a dog that loves exploring the outdoors.

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Now that you’ve made the choice to become a dog owner, there are a few basic steps to follow to look after your new pup.

Your four-footed baby loves to explore and chew whatever crosses its path. Make sure that the exploration areas are safe. In the beginning, it might be a better idea to keep your dog in a specific area in your house where it cannot do too much damage or get hurt.

Make sure there are no poisonous houseplants around such as mistletoe, poinsettia, amaryllis, and holly. Lock up cleaning supplies and medicines. Block access to elevated porches, balconies, and decks. Also, keep the toilet lid closed, secure electrical cords and remove any plastic materials.

You should definitely not leave the puppy unsupervised if it has access to your whole house. Buy proper chewing toys and reward the puppy for chewing the right things. Start with training as soon as possible, it will definitely make your life with the new family member much easier.

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You are now responsible for the dog’s well-being. An important aspect of this includes regular checkups with a veterinarian. Between 6 and 16 weeks a puppy requires several rounds of vaccines to keep it from getting sick.

After that, you should visit the veterinarian at least once a year for checkups. You may also want to consider dog health insurance for anything unexpected. Another important aspect to consider is spay and neuter. If you don’t want a litter of puppies, it’s best to spay or neuter your dog to avoid any unwanted surprises.

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All in all, don’t forget to feed your furry-friend properly.

The first year is the most critical. Your puppy’s, teeth, muscles, bones, and even fur will be growing rapidly. A puppy requires more daily calories than a mature dog. Carefully read the product labels to ensure your puppy digests the correct balance of fat and protein.

Also, stick to the recommended serving size and feeding schedule. Don’t feed your puppy any table scraps, bones or big snacks between meals.

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Heart Soothing Stories That Will Make You Think Someone Has Cut Onions

We often have the chance to meet good-hearted people or we encounter the sweetest moments with someone or someone who does a very good deed to us. Or just the cases of humans being just humans might inspire and elevate our spirits. Thus is this collection Today we have chosen for you all some of the most emotional cases of people who run into the sweetest situations from others or they did it themselves.

Bellow, you have all that you need to soothe your heart. I advise every one of you to grab a tissue because someone is going to cut some onions right at night. Yes us Earthwonders we are cutting onions today!

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1. For those with golden heart

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My parents split when I was in first grade. My mom met my step-dad, mark when I was in second grade. We moved in with him by the time I was in 3rd we moved into his house. He treated my siblings and me as his own since day 1. He even would watch Gilmore Girls with me and my sister every afternoon. After my mom died when I was 16, Mark didn’t make us go live with our biological dad. He continued raising us as his own. He started out as my mom’s boyfriend and became my dad, my best friend, my go-to for advice.

Mark ended up working 3 jobs while having heart failure, asthma, and diabetes. He did everything he could to provide for my sister and me. He passed away 6 days before I graduated college in 2016. It’s been a few years but I still have trouble on Father’s Day. He could have ditched us when our mom died and we didn’t have enough income. But he didn’t. He was there fighting to put food on the table. Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers who fight for their children.

2. In the name of his angel brother.

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3. This Little Fella After Winning First Place In A Bike Tournament

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4. Important Memories On Google Maps

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5. I Am Finally Cancer Free! Really Excited To Live Life To The Fullest And Have Fun Again

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6. He Has Cerebral Palsy, Mitochondrial Disease, And Was In Special Education Until The 7th Grade. He Just Graduated With His Aa And Highest Honors. Pride Is An Understatement

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He just received a full-ride scholarship to the school of his dreams. My son is going to rock the world as a lawyer!

 

7. At The Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market A Few Years Back

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8. My Favorite Graduation Photo. This Woman At My Campus’ Subway Kept Me Fed For 4 Years, And When I Was Low On Money, She Came Through For Me

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9. Balloon Seller’s Kind Gesture

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10. This Is The Day Our Daughter Was Declared In Remission From Stage 2 Liver Cancer

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11. A Year Ago I Was Depressed And Suicidal. Today Things Have Gotten Better

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12. When My Grandad Passed Away My Grandmother (She Is 85) Started Learning Painting To Distract Herself. After A Year She Gave Me This Painting

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13. Best Neighbours

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14. Jimmy Carter an ex USA president

15. My Best Bud And I Cleaned Up A Ton Of Trash Today On Our Day Off

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16. I Just Found Out That My Neighbors Tell Their Dog I’m Outside When They Want Him To Hurry Up And Get Out The Door. This Is Him Waiting For A Treat From Me

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17. Had The European Championship For Wheelchair Basketball. Took The Bronze Medal, And A Ticket To The World Championships In Japan Next Year

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Keep working hard lads, you’ll reach good places.

18. Don’t really have anyone to celebrate with, so I thought I’d share with you guys. I’m one year sober!

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19. Random Girl At Farmer’s Market Seduces My Partner In Front Of My Very Eyes

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20. In France, Peyo, A Beautiful 15-Year-Old Stallion, Often Comes To Comfort And Soothe Terminally Ill Patients At The Techer Hospital In Calais

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The horse always chooses which patient he wants to see, kicking his hoof outside the door.

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