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10 Reasons You Need a Boston Terrier

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Ask any Boston Terrier owner and you will find a happy and loyal dog owner.  From the short little muzzles to the kinky tails, they are great dogs and here are the 10 reasons you need a Boston Terrier.

Companionship. Loneliness can become an unwelcome companion as we age and can lead to depression as well as physical problems. Dogs mold their schedule and personality to you. They are never unavailable or off duty. Smaller dogs, in particular, can easily travel.

Having a routine. The routine of caring for a pet can bring structure and purpose to daily life. Maybe you don’t always want to get out of bed, but your pet wants you to. Isn’t that a good thing?

Exercise. People benefit from regular physical exercise regardless of their age. But it is hard to get into a regular exercise routine, and it’s so very easy to skip it. Having a dog can be a great way to make walking a part of your daily plan.

Less stress. Older people with pets tend to exhibit less stress than those without. Maybe it’s those regular walks or the sense that you’ve got a friend to share life’s challenges. Or maybe it’s that tail wagging you see very day when you wake up.

Getting out. Having a pet, particularly one that requires regular outdoor activity, helps you stay connected to life. You go for veterinary checkups, and perhaps you visit a dog groomer. You need to be involved in social activities.

Making new friends. There are lots of shared activities for pet owners, ranging from communal walks to charitable events and other organizations that cater to animals and protecting the environment. It can be hard to meet new people, but pets are great icebreakers.

New interests. A pet can expose you to new interests and activities. Maybe it’s cleaning up the neighborhood park where you walk your dog. Some hospitals seek pet owners who will volunteer to bring in their pets to spend time with patients.

Protection. A dog can provide significant security. Potential thieves will stay away from a home with a barking dog. Your watchdog may weigh only 8 pounds soaking wet, but the person on the other side of the door doesn’t know that.

Taking care of something. Sure, you need your pet. Your pet needs you, too. The need to be useful and of value doesn’t magically disappear when your career ends or your kids grow up and build their own independent lives. It is very satisfying to take care of another living creature.

Investing in life. At the end of the day, having a pet means that you have made a promise to continue being involved in another life. This commitment is one of the most positive decisions you can make as you get older.

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Of all of the 10 reasons you need a Boston Terrier, the one I think is the most effective is “taking care of something”.  I know of an older widow woman who owns two Boston Terrier and she has mild Alzheimer’s disease.  The dogs give reasons to get up in the morning, to feed them, give them medications, cook for them, bathe them.  The Boston Terriers won’t let her forget their needs.  They will bark to be let out if she forgets.  They will stare at her at 5 p.m. and continue doing so until they are fed.

Do you have any good reasons to need a Boston Terrier?  Tell me about them below.

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