Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Palm City, FL
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Yes, I suffer from this malady because of my dogs: separation from them results in depression ;-)
There are many studies that show having a dog has major health benefits, and if you're worried about ticks...let me tell you that we had a major tick infestation in our house last year, and although poor Mojo had many ticks on him, we never had a single one on any humans in the family.
The most important consideration in adding a dog to your life is that it is a commitment for the life of the dog. It's not something you try out and discard if it doesn't work.
Havluv, it seems odd to want a dog, but to be afraid of a dog. It's not like you're bringing in some virus into your home, it's just a dog. You yourself, or your family members, will bring more health threats into your home than any dog ever could. You won't get a cold from a dog, won't get the flu from a dog, won't get lice from a dog, etc., etc. Dogs are pretty safe...it's the humans you want to watch out for.
of two Happy Havs