Dogs do take time and effort but the rewards are massive.
They give you back so much love and the highlight of my day is getting in from work and seeing them.
They can also offer security and reassurance when at home, wanting to protect the whole family or the other members of 'the pack.'
Insurance can be dear and I pay just over £40 a month to cover our two, but as per 'Mastercard' what you get back from them is priceless.
I think it's really important to study the breed characteristics and choose a dog that will fit in with you. Whilst you can train a dog up to fit in with your lifestyle, breeds do have character traits that will always be present.
I've got Rossi the Springer and Oli the Tibetan Terrier.....
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