Sure, it might be a bit extreme to suggest that civilization would collapse without dogs, but hear me out.
They have been a part of our lives since the first wolf was domesticated in Europe 20,000 years ago. Having been part of our lives for so long, dogs have played an important role in our civilization.
Here are 8 ways dogs make our lives immeasurably better.
1. Dogs are always happy to see you.
Anyone who has cared for one knows: They love you and will do so until the day they die.
When you come home from work, school or running errands, no matter how long you have been gone your dog is pleased to see you.
2. Service dogs fill an important role in the lives of the disabled.
Some people rely heavily on their dogs in order to live independently. Whether by leading the blind or carrying medication to their humans, service dogs are quiet heroes. Without them, many might find it too challenging to live on their own.
3. Dogs protect us and our homes.
Okay, sure, there are some who would happily roll over for a good belly scratch even from a would-be burglar. But can you imagine if there were no dogs? Rampant break-ins.
4. You will never eat a meal by yourself again.
Your dog may sit right at your feet, or she may be across the room watching soulfully. Either way, you’re not going anywhere with that plate of food that he won’t notice it.
A perfect dining partner, he sits when you tell him to sit, eats when you tell him to eat and listens attentively when you talk about your day.
5. Working dogs really work to keep us safe.
We’ve all seen the police K9s and the drug-sniffing dogs. Both cool and sometimes scary to behold, these dogs are on the front lines of defense.
They work 24/7 to keep crime down, risking their lives to chase criminals and sniff out bombs and illegal drugs. Best of all, they work for biscuits and belly rubs!
6. Dogs are a fountain of unconditional love.
There is a lot of hate in the world. A dog offers you love no matter how bad things are. Whether you’re a cozy grandma with a penchant for baking cookies or an evil madman bent on world domination, your pup will show you nothing but love and support. (I recommend the grandma route, though. Less jail time involved.)
7. They help keep us fit.
Think of all the activity we get because of our pups. Playing fetch, going for walks and carrying those big bags of pet food all contribute to making us stronger and fitter. Not to mention the health benefits of all the good vibes your pup will give you.
8. They socialize us.
Having a dog means you have to leave the house once in a while. Even couch potatoes are forced to get out and meet people and make friends while we’re out attending to our dogs’ needs.
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Would civilization really collapse without dogs? I don’t know about that, but I do know the world would be a much darker place.