Let’s start from a premise: having a dog does not necessarily mean knowing how to take care of one. A lot of people have or have had a dog in their lives, but that does not mean that they have been able to care for it in the right way.
Dogs are living beings, they are intelligent, and if we are smart enough we can understand their language, but they do not know how to speak. This means that we have to give them proper attention, because they will not be able to tell us what they are feeling. This does not necessarily mean that we have to be there 24 hours a day with our eyes on them, but that we have to pay attention to their condition, that is all. After all, having a dog is very close to the idea of having a child who will never grow up, but who will suddenly jump straight into old age. That is the sad part. But there are plenty of good reasons to have a dog!
Dogs know how to console you when you are sad, they read you in thought. Dogs protect you, and if you are kind enough to put a bit of liveliness into their lives with sport they will also give you great satisfaction! But the truth is that all of this is not strictly necessary. The only thing that is really necessary is to give them love and never make them feel abandoned. Dogs live for their owners, and being left aside would make them feel really hurt.
Said this, there is one thing I’ve always thought: cuddle at all times, free food for life, every time I stink there is a person who washes me and makes me smell good … many people talk about it as if it were a bad thing, but I believe that a dog’s life is not bad at all!