National Pet Day - 04/11/14
It's National Pet Day today. I have no idea who decides these things or why they do it, but let's just go with it.
The reality is that in our house, it's National Pet Day every day. Our Tibetan Terrier "Diego" is treated so well that he doesn't need a special day. My wife is so good to him that I refer to him as her "golden child."
Two of our previous dogs had died over about a six month period prior to getting Diego, and I was looking forward to being without dogs. Every day I had to talk them for a walk and deal with ticks and fleas and serious health problems as they got older. It was kind of a pain.
Then I didn't have any dogs. It was so quiet, and nobody asking me to go outside or making me feel guilty if we didn't go for a walk. It was terrible. It was too quiet.
Dogs give a great amount of love and attention. They fill dead air with excitemnt and a positive feeling that actually puts you in a better mood. Not having a dog was a good idea for a time -- mainly because it made me appreciate the hassles associated with having them is still worth it for what they add to your life. It's kind of how my wife looks at me.