11 Pros And Cons To Owning A Dog

11 Pros And Cons To Owning A Dog

Some things you may want to know before purchasing a new pet.

As a long-time pet owner, I have seen the advantages and disadvantages to having several different animals and, more specifically, dogs. Many view dogs as man's best friend, but I have yet to discover the bliss that so many seem to have when they find the perfect four-legged companion. I currently own a Chihuahua (well, partially own), and she is driving me up the proverbial wall as I type. I love her to death, I really do, but she has some qualities about her that make me want to ship her off to obedience school. That being said, here are some pros and cons to owning a dog, big or small.


1. Pro: If you live alone, they make great company.

Whether you own a guard dog or a more mild-mannered mutt, dogs are nice to have around when it's just you and your thoughts. You have someone to talk to who won't interrupt; my fellow dog-owners would likely agree that many dogs seem to understand humans better than we assume they do. Plus, if you're anything like me and don't like to be alone at night, you can always blame that sketchy noise on your dog.

2. Con: They require training. Lots of training.

If you get your dog as a puppy, the immediate concern is potty training. This is the worst part of having any animal; whenever a mess is made, that's one more odor or stain to destroy your safe haven of cleanliness. Dogs also require some sort of obedience training, whether it be the basic "sit" and "stay" commands or something more elaborate. If you don't have the first clue concerning dog training, this may cost you.

3. Pro: They're great for cuddling.

This advantage applies more to bigger dogs, but small dogs can be convinced to cuddle, as well. Not all dogs are okay with their owners snuggling up to them, but most will at least tolerate the interaction.

4. Con: Money, money, and more money.

Two words: vet bills. I've never had to pay for any of these yet (thank God), but I have watched my parents do so over the years. Your puppy needs shots? Guess you won't be buying that new sweater. Your dog needs to be spayed or neutered? You can kiss that paycheck goodbye. Something goes wrong, the dog gets sick, or it needs surgery? Cha-ching. These expenses don't even include dog food, toys, a bed, a crate, or flea medication.

5. Pro: They're pretty darn cute.

Dogs are up there with babies on the cute scale. Whenever someone sees a dog, the general impulse is to shower the animal with compliments and petting. If you have a smaller dog like I do, you can buy some pretty adorable clothes for them. Sophie (my Chihuahua) has several sweaters, coats, and dresses that she has been forced into over the years. They even make doggie bathing suits and shoes!

6. Con: You have to make special arrangements for them when traveling.

Unless your dog is up for traveling and you can find a dog-friendly hotel, you'll either have to find a dog sitter or board your dog. Speaking from experience, boarding can be pretty pricey, especially if you want your dog to stay in a nice place for the duration of your trip. Because of this snag, you will constantly be working your vacation and other traveling plans around your beloved pet.

7. Pro: They can make you feel a lot safer than you would without them.

This again applies more so to big dogs, but small dogs can at least alert you to an unwanted presence. If you're looking for a guard dog, Australian Shepherds are very protective of their families. We had a female Aussie at one point, and she would rip anyone who meant us harm to shreds if given the opportunity.

8. Con: They can scare the living crap out of you.

Ever been sitting at home alone, reading or watching TV in a quiet house, when your dog suddenly starts barking for no reason? I have, and it's not a pleasant experience. Sophie tends to bark at random noises (or nothing at all), and she has on more than one occasion been screamed at in return.

9. Pro: They can make great companions for kids.

If raised right, every dog can grow up to be kid-friendly, no matter their size. Most kids love animals, and dogs are generally one of the more forgiving fur balls when it comes to kids rough housing with them. Of course, it's important to teach any kids that will be around your dog to respect the animal and be gentle when petting it. Many dogs love kids because of the attention they receive, and if the kids like running around the house or the backyard, this makes less work for you and more exercise for your dog.

10. Con: They can be total jerks.

Most dogs don't possess the selfish, more cynical quality that cats are famed for, but there are some dogs that can really push human buttons. For example, Sophie has selective hearing; she hears quite well due to her large Yoda ears, but she ignores me when I'm trying to give her commands. Yes, that's right. She purposefully ignores me when I'm talking to her, calling her, or yelling at her — the little brat.

11. Pro: They make great alternatives to family members.

Don't want kids, but still want something to take care of? A dog is a great solution to that problem. Don't have a significant other but would still like the company? Dogs are great companions for loners. Already have a kid but want to give him/her a brother or sister without the extra child? Dog siblings are some of the best siblings to have. Trust me.


If you're looking to get a dog, do some research on the breed(s) that would be right for you and your family. There are some breeds that are more kid-friendly than others, and some dogs are much calmer than their distant cousins. I personally would love to own a German Shephard one day, but I haven't decided if that will ever happen or not. Sweeping up dog hair is not fun, especially when you have allergies, but if you really love your dog, you'll likely be more inclined to put up with the money spent on Kleenexes, allergy meds and vacuum cleaners.

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Help! I Think There's an Old Man Trapped in my Dog's Body!

Please Help me in Whatever Way You Can

So, you probably clicked this article because it has the words "dog" and "old man" in the title. You thought two things, either this is going to make you laugh or sob uncontrollably. I'm here to warn you that you will feel neither feeling. If I've done this article correctly by the end of this you'll want to help the poor old man that is trapped in my dog's body.

I think his name is Melvin.

Here's how I've come up with his name: He looks at me when I call him Melvin.

See, his "dog persona" name that was given to him was "Chip." He responds to Chip only sometimes, but no matter what, Melvin seems to work. He also really looks like a Melvin.

He likes to go out for walks, but not for too long. If he wants to stop, he'll stop. He'll sit down and he won't get up. If I give the leash a little tug, he'll lay down. He's an old man, he deserves to take mandatory breaks.

He has back problems, too.

Stairs are a climb, and not a regular one. It's a struggle. Sometimes, if it's raining out, his back hurts him more. He'll wait for us to pick him up and carry him up the stairs. Most of the time, however, he hates being picked up because even though he is an old man, he still wants to do everything himself and to not have help.

He's getting grumpy. If anything happens he'll bark. If something is out of place, he'll bark. It's a little bark. More like a grunt, actually. He'll do that or he'll sneeze, but it's a fake sneeze. And he knows it's fake. It's like our secret.

When the weather is bad he likes everyone together. Just as a grandparent would want their family safe from the weather, Melvin wants that for us.

He likes the warmth. In our house, our insolation is old and sometimes it doesn't work all that well. In these instances you'll find Melvin sleeping right by the heating vent. When it gets really cold, we put up heating fans that oscillate. He also likes to walk with the oscillation of the fan so that he's always warm. In my mind it's Melvin dancing.

He also has no control of his bladder. He'll go while he's eating, running, climbing stairs. You can tell he gets embarrassed when it happens. He'll go to the corner of the room and start chewing on a bone and looking around.

But here's where it get's interesting...

We live across the street from an old lady. Every time I walk little Melvin she comes out and watches. And every time Melvin sees her he stops and looks.

I think they're husband and wife. Or at least were.

This old lady doesn't speak to anyone. Nor does she seem to have family or friends. She definitely lives alone. She also has her property covered in cameras.

So, call me crazy, but I have a feeling this old lady is on guard of the witch that turned her husband, poor Melvin, into my dog Chip. I think the witch is coming for her next.

So, please, if you see anything out of the ordinary please comment on this article (only serious inquires please). Let's save Melvin and the old lady that lives across the street from me!

#saveMelvin

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Bitcoin Faces a Huge Tumble, Attests Reluctance of Institutional Investors Gennady Barsky, Jack Ma and Jamie Dimon

The buzzword of 2017 and possibly 2018 is ‘Bitcoin’.

While institutional investors like Gennady Barsky remain neutral to the idea of Bitcoin, some are reluctant to invest in this digital currency that has taken the world by storm. Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, clearly conveyed his disinterest in Bitcoin, albeit he showed keenness in the technology behind it. 

Jamie Dimon, on the other hand, is a fierce opponent of Bitcoin trading. He went as far as dishonorably relieving his employees who were investing in Bitcoin, citing ‘stupidity’ as the grounds of firing.   

Gennady Barsky, who’s willing to fund fresh ideas, suggests waiting for Bitcoin to develop in terms of technology, so it’s safer for investors. The world’s most famous cryptocurrency had been dwelling the shady alleys of the Dark Web. Earlier, it was known to be used for human trafficking, illegal organ trade, illegal arms deals, and hitman contracts. “It needs a lot of catching up to do with the contemporary economy”, says Gennady Barsky. Despite its dark past, the concept supporting Bitcoin has many takers, including Jack Ma. 

Blockchain made Bitcoin possible, and Jack Ma is using it to advance China’s healthcare and fight the resurgence of spurious food imitations. As for the trading part, the Alibaba boss cites Bitcoin’s incompatibility with the current economic order, as it will be easily toppled by the former’s volatility. 

Another reason Jack Ma doesn’t want to jump onto the bandwagon is because he knows very little about Bitcoin trading. Concurrently, according to most of the traders, there are a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ in Bitcoin. 

The Bitcoin value has crashed hard in a span of six days by more than $3,000. Trends suggest it will continue downhill. Those wary of Bitcoin explained thus sudden descent as the bursting of the Bitcoin bubble. There are a number of factors dictating the price of Bitcoins, all of which can be considered fickle. 

The biggest factor is the cryptocurrency fan base. As mentioned before, cryptocurrency is a trend espoused by investors. Speculation and demand have encouraged people to ask for more Bitcoins, driving up the demand. When the supply is short, the value rises. 

Instead of a central regulatory body, Bitcoin miners enjoy a monopoly in the market, and are free to dictate the Bitcoin value as they see fit. If a buyer is willing to pay 10 times the cost price (the expenditure of resources to mine a Bitcoin), it automatically inflates the price in the market by a few points. 

“An immediate factor of the Bitcoin price rise is its hype. Buyers are finding it difficult to trade in Bitcoins, since most of the vendors won’t accept the cryptocurrency. The death of the hype will surely influence miners to stop, given that there will be lack of investors in the fold,” explains Institutional Investor Barsky. Right now, it’s better to speculate till there’s a better and safer mechanism in place to invest in Bitcoin.  

Bitcoin isn’t a currency as a lot of people believe it to be. It’s an asset, whose price depends on a number of aspects that cannot be controlled outright. For example, real estate can be revamped with the latest technology and fittings, which increases its value. Bitcoin can only be sold at a higher price at the buyer’s discretion, with nothing substantial to back up the increased price. Undoubtedly, it’s a precarious business.     
A gambling of sorts, if the deal goes south, you can suffer a lot of damages. “Invest in Bitcoin only if you can afford to lose money,” advise most of the investment experts. It’s a highly speculative business with which you can make a lot of profit, or as Gennady Barsky suggests, play it safe and let time unveil Bitcoin’s reliability.  

 The buzzword of 2017 and possibly 2018 is ‘Bitcoin’

While institutional investors like Gennady Barsky remain neutral to the idea of Bitcoin, some are reluctant to invest in this digital currency that has taken the world by storm. Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, clearly conveyed his disinterest in Bitcoin, albeit he showed keenness in the technology behind it. 

Jamie Dimon, on the other hand, is a fierce opponent of Bitcoin trading. He went as far as dishonorably relieving his employees who were investing in Bitcoin, citing ‘stupidity’ as the grounds of firing.   

Gennady Barsky, who’s willing to fund fresh ideas, suggests waiting for Bitcoin to develop in terms of technology, so it’s safer for investors. The world’s most famous cryptocurrency had been dwelling the shady alleys of the Dark Web. Earlier, it was known to be used for human trafficking, illegal organ trade, illegal arms deals, and hitman contracts. “It needs a lot of catching up to do with the contemporary economy”, says Gennady Barsky. Despite its dark past, the concept supporting Bitcoin has many takers, including Jack Ma. 

Blockchain made Bitcoin possible, and Jack Ma is using it to advance China’s healthcare and fight the resurgence of spurious food imitations. As for the trading part, the Alibaba boss cites Bitcoin’s incompatibility with the current economic order, as it will be easily toppled by the former’s volatility. 

Another reason Jack Ma doesn’t want to jump onto the bandwagon is because he knows very little about Bitcoin trading. Concurrently, according to most of the traders, there are a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ in Bitcoin. 

The Bitcoin value has crashed hard in a span of six days by more than $3,000. Trends suggest it will continue downhill. Those wary of Bitcoin explained thus sudden descent as the bursting of the Bitcoin bubble. There are a number of factors dictating the price of Bitcoins, all of which can be considered fickle. 

The biggest factor is the cryptocurrency fan base. As mentioned before, cryptocurrency is a trend espoused by investors. Speculation and demand have encouraged people to ask for more Bitcoins, driving up the demand. When the supply is short, the value rises. 

Instead of a central regulatory body, Bitcoin miners enjoy a monopoly in the market, and are free to dictate the Bitcoin value as they see fit. If a buyer is willing to pay 10 times the cost price (the expenditure of resources to mine a Bitcoin), it automatically inflates the price in the market by a few points. 

“An immediate factor of the Bitcoin price rise is its hype. Buyers are finding it difficult to trade in Bitcoins, since most of the vendors won’t accept the cryptocurrency. The death of the hype will surely influence miners to stop, given that there will be lack of investors in the fold,” explains Institutional Investor Barsky. Right now, it’s better to speculate till there’s a better and safer mechanism in place to invest in Bitcoin.  

Bitcoin isn’t a currency as a lot of people believe it to be. It’s an asset, whose price depends on a number of aspects that cannot be controlled outright. For example, real estate can be revamped with the latest technology and fittings, which increases its value. Bitcoin can only be sold at a higher price at the buyer’s discretion, with nothing substantial to back up the increased price. Undoubtedly, it’s a precarious business.     
A gambling of sorts, if the deal goes south, you can suffer a lot of damages. “Invest in Bitcoin only if you can afford to lose money,” advise most of the investment experts. It’s a highly speculative business with which you can make a lot of profit, or as Gennady Barsky suggests, play it safe and let time unveil Bitcoin’s reliability.  

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