I have never been one to hide the truth and the truth with me and Sally dog, is we didn't click at first.
Or at least she decided I was her human and I decided I wanted nothing to do with “the dog”.
For a while, I cried and went into a deep depression – yup from getting a dog.
I've never really 100% understood why.
I can only guess it has to do with the fact I suddenly had a dog thrust upon me, with no experience.
However, 13 years later I'm honoured she decided to pick me.
So I guess with the bumpy start Sally and I had it was interesting to find out that Legal and General Pet Insurance had done some research on us and our best friends.
Dogs and Human's Don't Always Go.
It is likely there is a breed out there perfect for most people looking to find a dog to complete their family.
However, there is also like a number of breeds, with which you will clash.
Which makes it astounding that 31% of dog owners do no research before buying their new pet.
Especially as 60% of those questioned bought their dog, with only 27% choosing to adopt.
Making sure you choose a dog for your living situation, ability to be outdoors with them and for how ready you are for grooming and to clean, to name just a few things. Is a big thing, both for your own happiness and your future new additions.
Think of the Costs.
As Sally has got older her costs have become more.
Now, as well as a prescription diet, she has hydro every fortnight, two lots of tablets a day and a number of supplements as suggested by the vets.
Her insurance has, of course, over the years gone up by a lot as well but is completely worthwhile having. After all, it means we don't need to scramble to afford things such as her hydrotherapy.
Being at this point in owning a dog, I know that in future I would very carefully consider the insurance and cost of vets visits over the years. Yet this is a cost very few people think of, with only 11% thinking about the cost of vets and just 7% the cost of insurance.
So it is unsurprising that 29% find owning a dog more expensive than they imagined.
However, what is quite worrying to me is 36% owned up to not having insurance and 46% believing they didn't need it!
From me to you, I can tell you even if you go years without using it. When a dog gets old it is wonderful to have and you are going to find it very hard to insure a dog later in life. So look for a lifetime plan, early.
Make Sure You Research.
So I guess the point of this post is me and Sally reminding you to research before you buy or adopt.
Try and match your lifestyle and personality to the dog you are going for. With a fun place to start being this quiz, a quiz to help a dog pick you!
Remember a dog is for life and that is going to include ups and downs for you both.
Do you own any pets, were you a perfect match?