We’ve had dogs in our house for over 20 years, and we will likely have dogs in our house for another 20 years.
One of the reasons for this is that I find dogs to be amazing creatures. Here is a list of things that dogs can do, classified by types of dogs:
- therapy dogs – provide comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with learning difficulties
- search and rescue dogs – useful in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people
- assistance dogs – fall into one of three general types: guide (for visually impaired individuals), hearing, and service (see below)
- service dogs – help individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), seizures, ambulatory issues, mental illness, diabetes, autism, and more
- working dogs – learn and perform tasks to assist and/or entertain its human companions, such as herding livestock
- “medical” dogs – can possibly detect cancer, low blood sugar, and anticipate seizures
- shelter and rescued dogs (our kind of dog) – a friend you can always count on, willing to go anywhere, do anything you want
Among all animals, I think dogs have the most special relationship with people. And when you look at that list above, it’s hard to imagine anyone who could not benefit from having a dog.
So thank you Chauncey, Murphy, Cagney, and Butters; I may not always let you know this, but it’s been great having you as part of our family.