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Adopt A Dog Month

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October is Adopt-a-Dog Month, a great time to add a new member to your family. You will save a dog’s life, and improve your own, when you take home one of these faithful companions to be your new best friend.

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month, the perfect time to consider the American Humane Association’s list of the Top Ten Reasons To Adopt A Dog from your local animal shelter or rescue group.

Number ten on the list - You’ll never have to sweep your kitchen floor again. Reason number nine - Dogs can help you live longer by reducing stress and adding laughter to your life. Whether you just take them for a walk, play fetch, or spend quiet time petting them, a dog in your life can make everyday a better day.

Number eight - Dog kisses make the best alarm clock. Number seven - When you return home, your dog will greet you as if you’re the best thing that happened to it all day! Reason number six – if you have children, having a dog as part of your family will help teach your children about respect for, and kindness toward, animals.

Number five - You’ll always have a best friend and a sympathetic ear. Dogs are great listeners and are always there when you need to lean on them. Number four - You’ll never have to sleep alone and dogs are great for warming up beds on cold winter nights. Number three - Dogs make you look smart. Take time to teach them a few tricks and you’ll be able to impress your friends and family with your training genius.

Reason number two - Dogs are a well-spring of knowledge. They teach their owners a thing or two about loyalty, unconditional love, devotion, obedience, respect, patience, and forgiveness!

And finally, the number one reason for adopting a dog from your local animal shelter is - You can be a hero AND gain a friend for life when you adopt a homeless dog into a loving family.

Every day of the year, you can find great dogs at your local animal shelter, just waiting for a good home and a loving owner. Remember, October is Adopt-A-Dog Month. It’s a good time to visit an animal shelter or rescue group near you and find a friend for life, when you’re speaking of pets.

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Mindy Norton has been “Speaking of Pets” on Alabama Public Radio since 1995.