Everyone should have a dog.
Thereâ€™s a reason that dogs are called manâ€™s best friend.
Unlike people, dogs give much more than they take. A dog only wants your love, attention, a pat on the head and something to eat.
A dog will love you no matter what.
If you donâ€™t believe that, lock your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car, come back in 30 minutes and see which one is happy to see you.
A man once said to me that he liked his dog better than he liked most people.
It sounded like something a recluse would say, but this man was anything but a recluse. However, he was about the age that I am now when he said it to me.
Now that Iâ€™m there, Iâ€™m beginning to understand what he meant.
If weâ€™re honest with ourselves, we have very few best friends in our lives. But a dog will love you no matter what.
A dog brings joy during your worst day. A dog will defend you, even give his life for you.
Not many people like that.
About now, the cat lovers are chiming in.
For the record, I also have a cat, which I love very much. But cats own people. People donâ€™t own cats. Thatâ€™s a different discussion.
Itâ€™s my opinion that every kid deserves a dog. Some places donâ€™t allow pets, and thatâ€™s too bad.
But for the kids who live in a home where they can have a dog, I encourage the parents to let them have one. Some of my fondest memories as a child are with my dogs Sox and Ranger.
That was ages ago, and theyâ€™re both long gone.
But theyâ€™re really not, because for the relatively short lifespan that a dog is given, they make the most of it. I still remember both of them just as if theyâ€™re still here.
Our dog Bert is now getting up in years. He showed up on a 102 degree June day in 2006 and never left. We know nothing of where heâ€™d been or how he got there, but he showed up not long after we lost our dog Buddy.
We said, â€śNo more dogs,â€ť after Buddy died. But I think Bert was meant to find us. He needed a home, and our home needed him.
Iâ€™ve had dogs that were bought and dogs that were adopted. Maybe itâ€™s just my imagination, but I believe that adopted dogs know that someone took that extra step to take them in when they had no home.
Iâ€™m dreading the day when we have to say goodbye.
I know itâ€™s coming. But I also know that no matter how hard that day, and the weeks and months after will be, Bert will have given us so much more than weâ€™ve given him.
John Moore is a longtime Tyler resident and master of terrible puns.