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An Open Letter to My Husband on Why We Need a Puppy

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Honey, I know you don’t read everything I write, but you should read this one because it is important. We need to get a puppy.

OK, it doesn’t have to be a young dog. I’d be fine with an older canine that needs a good home. As long as it’s furry, healthy, sweet, cute, loyal, and has three or four legs, then I’m good. I know, I know, after we lost our 14-year-old Beagle, you swore we’d never get another dog. But it’s been a year, so I think that's long enough of a grieving period.

What? You need more convincing? Here is a list of why we should get another pup.

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We would get more exercise. A dog needs one or two good walks a day. Think of how healthy we’d be! Forget the gym membership, we’d just need an active puppy to get our workout.

Our daughter needs a sibling … of the furry variety. We made the decision to have just one child, but doesn’t our daughter seem a wee bit lonely? Instead of a human sibling, we could get her a canine sister or brother. Someone she can play with, grow up with and love.

Think of the cuddles!

To teach our daughter responsibility. Having a pet to feed, groom and clean up after is such a big life lesson. It will teach her to care for another being. Yes, I know those fish died after five days, but I think a dog will be far more difficult to accidentally lead down a path to his demise.

We could save a puppy’s life. There are so many dogs in shelters and dogs listed with rescue organizations that need to be saved. You wouldn’t want the dog to stay locked up in a cage or—worst case scenario—euthanized, would you? According to the Human Society, about 3 to 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized every year. I know we can’t adopt all of them, but one would help.

It could make our hearts, bodies and minds healthier. It’s not just the exercise, but there is apparently WAY more to it. Someone super smart from Harvard wrote that the “AHA (American Heart Association) indicates that dog owners are more likely to exercise, have a better cholesterol profile, have lower blood pressure, be less vulnerable to the physical effects of stress, and be more likely to survive a heart attack.” Yes, having a dog could save our lives!

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Think of the cuddles! Puppy cuddles are like the best thing ever.

Last but not least, to make your daughter and I happy.

So, what do you think? Is the pitter-patter of little paws in our future?

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