I was always a cat person growing up but after two separate cats got abused and ultimately died from other animals or drunk neighbors I decided I’d get a dog, cause they don’t go over the fences.
I got sunny, a pom-chi-lasa 7 ½ years a go at the age of four months, she was a mere 5lbs then and so timid. It took her about 3 days to get attached and she hasn’t left my side since.
Sunny is now a whole 9lbs though she looks bigger in the winter with all her pom fluff (she gets it cut in the summer, spring and fall) and though she’s just a little thing she does provide a great deal of protection. She’s been nicknamed cojo by more than one of my friends (she takes a while to warm up to new people) cause she barks and will bite if someone she doesn’t know approaches me (and sometimes even with those she does know)
She’s a coddler which is always a great thing when your single and don’t have any human to cuddle with…lol. And she’s got just as big of a personality as any big dog. She’s got more energy than I could ever hope to have but will calm down and sleep at my feet all night, even when I let her out to pee she comes right back in to sleep until I get up. And when I come home from work she jumps all over the place, so full of excitement to see me (and that’s never a bad thing).
She’s right at home on a lap (though she prefers to lay on peoples feet) and she does the cutest little sit with her front paws curled under when she wants something, she’s a quiet beggar.
It’s nice having someone who depends on you and loves you unconditionally and there are so many benefits to having a dog.
– you don’t have to rinse your dishes before putting into the dishwasher (they lick them right up)
-you don’t need a working doorbell (cause they’ll let you know when anyone’s is at the door)
– it gives you a REAL reason to leave some clothes on the floor (somewhere soft for the dog to lay that smells like you)
– you’re never really alone (I swear sunny understands me sometimes)
– studies show that pets lower stress
-automatic workout buddy (if sunny even sees me grabbing for my running shoes or the leash or even hears the word walk she goes crazy)
I still do take the occasional trip to the human society to get my kitten holding fix fulfilled but sunny has converted me into a dog person (small dog of course) and I don’t think I’ll ever switch back.
And since an indoor dog has such a longer lifespan than an outdoor/indoor can I’ve got at least a good 5 years left with her, if not 10- someday I think I may get a second small dog but for now she’s enough for me (she’s sleeping behind me on a pile of my clean clothes as I write this)
So if you’ve been considering a dog, or a small dog I’d recommend one whole heartedly, I haven’t met a small dog yet that I didn’t like, and anyone I know who has one can’t see living without them.