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A Lifelong Dance: The Commitment to Our Canine Companions


Sixteen years in and I'm still dancing in my kitchen with Lola, my 16-year-old sidekick. We've moved homes nine times, but through it all, Lola has been a constant—a testament to the enduring commitment that comes with owning a dog. Lately, there's been a noticeable increase in dogs being surrendered to shelters and it's a stark reminder of the seriousness of pet ownership. This isn't just about having a furry companion to keep you company; it's about recognizing the long-term responsibility that owning a dog entails.



Adopting a dog means welcoming a new family member for potentially the next fifteen years or more. It's a commitment to care for them through every stage of their life, not just when they're cute puppies. This means being financially, emotionally and logistically prepared for everything from daily walks and vet visits to finding pet-friendly accommodations if you travel or move. It's concerning to see dogs treated as disposable when their owners encounter challenges.



Dogs, especially as pack animals, require stability, companionship and a structured environment. They're not just pets; they're partners in life's journey. Before bringing a dog into your life, it's crucial to ask yourself if you're ready for this commitment. Are you prepared to adjust your lifestyle, budget and possibly even your living situation to accommodate your new family member?



The rise in shelter surrenders should be a wake-up call. It's about more than just having the space and time for a dog; it's about being ready to prioritize their well-being over the convenience of your current lifestyle.



Dog ownership isn't a decision to be taken lightly. It's a long-term commitment that requires thought, preparation and a lot of love. Let's not forget that when we adopt a dog, we're making a promise to be there for them, just as they will be for us.



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So good, Lola is such a warrior and lovely to witness the result of a perfect match and a lifetime together 🐶

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Thank you, Erick. Our fur beings are angels on Earth. I can’t imagine life without them. ❤️

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