Our family’s decision to get a dog has made major changes around the house. For one, the home aroma changes for good, to reflect a sort of…

Our family’s decision to get a dog has made major changes around the house. For one, the home aroma changes for good, to reflect a sort of chicken-like odor. Plus, the couches and rugs develop patches that are indicative of the canine’s favorite spots to have accidents. Chew toys start appearing in strange locations, and no tennis ball goes unmasticated. But compared to the benefits of having a dog, all these unfortunate issues mean squat. For one, I love getting home and being immediately pounced upon. Prior to getting a dog, I never even considered the possibility of using one as a lap-warmer. That, too, has been terrific. Plus, there’s all the playing of fetch one could ever desire, and bathing a dog is actually pretty fun. Having a friend that will reliably get insanely ecstatic when seeing you is amazing, even if it means you have to deal with his or her waste products.

– Will