It is said that a dog is “man’s best friend”. They are loyal and have a wide range of roles from companion, protector, helper, lifesaver.
Because dogs and people are social beings, we share a wonderful relationship of love and care. The relationship between a dog and their owner is simply wonderful.
Where did this term originate?
The phrase “man’s best friend” originated in the American Supreme Court in 1870 when a lawyer named George Graham Vest defended a man whose beloved coon hound, named Old Drum, was killed. A neighbor killed Old Drum for trespassing, not just a pet but an important family member.
Vest famously stated, “The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world—the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous—is his dog.”
Dogs and their role in the family.
Dogs are much more than a pet. They help with day-to-day tasks including herding sheep, hunting assistance, supporting people with disabilities, drug-sniffing, bomb-sniffing and so much more. Others are just there to provide love and companionship which in and of itself, is valuable.
Why own a dog?
Dogs serve many purposes and roles but they can also help you live a healthier life. Living with a dog can:
- Lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Decrease asthma and allergies in children
- Improve your overall attitude
- Increase opportunities to spontaneously socialize
- Possibly lengthen your life span
Yes, a dog comes with “work. From walking to grooming, going to the vet to the dog park, feeding and cleaning up after they require attention but the benefits generally outweigh the work.
Don’t forget your pet in an emergency!
If you’re a cat lover (or snake, or guinea pig) rather than a dog, this applies to everyone. We’ve seen the effects of hurricanes on pets lost or left behind. We know that in the case of a fire people search for their beloved pet. And in the event you have a medical emergency, someone needs to care for your animal.
LifeFone’s medical alert systems allow you to provide a custom emergency care profile detailing your vital medical information, including medications you take, allergies, and the names and phone numbers of your doctors. You can also provide the name of family members for us to contact in the event there is an emergency. Don’t forget to list that you have a pet that needs care should you be taken to a hospital and keep Fido, Sparky, or whomever, safe and cared for.