2020 presents challenges for so many people. The pandemic means that some have lost loved ones, while others have lost their jobs. Still, others continue on, but they report feeling more stress and anxiety than ever before in their lives.
It’s never easy when everything changes seemingly overnight. While some things have returned to normal, seeing people in grocery stores with masks on is a stark reminder that we’re not out of the woods yet. It will probably be quite some time before we can move about again with no restrictions.
There is no easy answer, but if the anxiety is getting to you, now might be the time to consider pet adoption. Here are five reasons why getting a dog in 2020 makes all the sense in the world.
They’ll Love You Unconditionally
Some people report that they’ve had a relationship end in the middle of the pandemic. It’s not exactly a surprise when you consider that there’s been more tension this year than ever. Being stuck in quarantine with someone might have exposed ways that the dynamic wasn’t working.
That’s not something you’ll experience if you adopt a dog. They’ll love you as long as you:
- Feed them
- Play with them
- Take them for walks
- Show them physical affection
Even if the dog you adopt is not an official emotional support animal, their presence will still comfort you. As we move through fall toward winter, and it gets colder in many parts of the country, it’s nice to think that you can snuggle up with your new best friend.
There are some people who think about having children, but they’re not sure if they are ready yet. Maybe you’ve reached that point with your significant other or spouse.
A dog is not a child. However, it’s a demanding animal that you need to take care of and on which you need to lavish attention.
If you feel like you could be ready for kids, but you’re not sure, this is a step in that direction that isn’t quite the real thing. It’s an intermediate step: it’s a lot more work than a goldfish, but not quite taking the plunge and bringing a brand-new human being into the world.
They’re a Great Way to Meet People
There are also lots of individuals who are not in a relationship right now, but they would like to be. There are tons of dating apps where you can meet people, like:
You might not be able to get together in-person right now because of Covid-19, but you can have a virtual date via your smartphone. It doesn’t hurt at all to have a cute dog to act as your chaperone during that first encounter.
Many people report that they’re more interested in another individual if that person is good with animals. If they see that you have a loving relationship with your dog, it’s much more likely you’ll get things off on the right foot.
They Can Keep You Company
When so many people have had to work from home, and others are missing their family members because they can’t visit them right now, it’s nice to have an animal there with a personality. You can always get something like a snake, bird, or gerbil, but none of those are the same as a dog.
Dogs make ideal companions. They’re pack animals, so they want to be with you. Once they’ve gotten to know you, they won’t want to leave your side, and when you’re feeling low, that’s something more valuable than ever.
They’ll Encourage You to Exercise
If you’re in an area where the gyms have not opened yet, then you might miss your workouts too. If you get a young, energetic dog, they will be only too happy to go on as many walks with you as you’d like.
If you have a decent-sized backyard, then you can throw a ball or frisbee around with them. If they’re still very young, then you can enjoy watching them as they experience snow for the first time.
It’s no wonder that for centuries, humans have called dogs their best friends. It’s a symbiotic relationship, and in 2020, with so much uncertainty, now is the best time to adopt one.
It’s even better if you can get one from a shelter. The animal will be all the more grateful if you save them from hardship and give them a comfortable life.