After my post earlier in the month describing our Beagle’s escapades and the resulting vets bill, it was a little inevitable that I might be approached to write a post about pet insurance. We have now renewed the pet insurance for both our dogs (better late than never) and did it because we consider them a valued part of our family life, so I guess the bigger question is what is it about dogs that makes them so special?
I did not grow up in a pet loving family and getting our big dog nearly 7 years ago was entirely down to Jim. I think at the time in an attempt to sway me, he made all sorts of promises about taking charge of dog walks and the fact I’d never have to pick up after her (all lies of course!) I never in a million years thought that I would be the one who would suggest getting a second dog only two years later and now I can’t imagine being without them.
Trust me they are not perfect. They run off sometimes, need walking every day, bring dirt into the house and can drive you nuts with their barking, but the benefits outweigh the negatives.
Partly it’s the companionship. I’ve mentioned before that Jim’s job means he is away a lot and in the evenings after Theo has gone to bed it’s quite heartening to have some sort of company and another body to snuggle up next to you on the sofa.
Then there’s the social side. After Theo was born it was the dogs that got me out of the house every day and introduced me to strangers who became regularly faces I would stop and chat to each morning. When we moved back down south two years ago, almost everybody we met in our village were the result of an introduction started by our dogs (even if one of them was the farmer telling me off!) and many of those initial dog walking meets have blossomed into great friendships.
Then finally there’s Theo. Growing up with animals gives a child a certain understanding of the world and an empathy for other living things. With dogs in particular they also gain an appropriate confidence around them that they’ll need in real life (because love them or hate them, they are everywhere) and ultimately I think that’s all an important life skill.
Written for Argos Pet Insurance.