10 Reasons for getting a dog

There are many reasons for getting a dog.

Here are some of mine:

Warmth at night.
Exercise is cheaper than joining a gym.
Unconditional love.
Something to care for.
Weather guide.
Conversation opener.
Stress reliever.


You’re probably curious about number 8.

Last night we were watching Ironclad (James Purefoy) when Maggie suddenly sat upright to attention and looked around. She didn’t growl or bark, and we hadn’t heard anything, but within fifteen minutes, the rain started and it’s still going.
We always knew she could sense thunder (a lot of dogs do), but the rain thing is new and has happened on several occasions now.

We’re being blown about quite a bit, though Storm Henry has gone and there is no mention that what is hitting us at the moment has a name.
Her ladyship has plonked herself in the corner of the bench so she has easy access to our feet in case she wants a reassuring ‘snuggle’ as she hates the wind.
maggie on footWe have a theory that she can hear it whistling through the rigging on some of the other boats nearby, but because she cannot isolate where the noise is coming from, it unnerves her.

It’s going to be a long day as this bad weather is here for the duration if the radar picture is anything to go by.

radarThis image from accuweather site 11.05 hr,  6th February 2016.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to 10 Reasons for getting a dog

  1. colinandray says:

    As you suggest, she may have heard new sounds. Imminent rain also changes the scent of the surroundings so perhaps she picked up on that with her exceptional nose. Then of course there are air pressure changes which they can probably detect. They are so sophisticated in so many things! They are awesome! 🙂

  2. scifihammy says:

    Dogs are awesome on so many levels 🙂
    As to the weather changes – Colin has said pretty much what I was going to say 🙂

  3. I’ve noticed that with Cody and my other dogs, too. Just before a storm, they would get really edgy and start running to the windows, sniffing around, etc.

    I’ve also seen that the dogs seem to know when I’m sad or upset, even when I’m able to keep my human family members from seeing that anything is off-kilter.

    I think I will always have to have at least one dog in the house.

    • Maggie is acutely aware of my emotional state too. I think it’s wonderful have they just ‘know’ when you need that extra bit of doggie TLC.

      • The other day hubby and I had a tiff in which our voices become somewhat elevated. I looked over at Cody. and she was standing stiff-legged with her fur on end, as if she wasn’t sure which one of us to protect from the other. Good dog. I have no doubt that she would do her job against an intruder.

      • Maggie got between me and two guys in ‘hoodies’ the other day as they seemed to be getting just a bit too close.

  4. My cats senses Snow, she does wheelcarts.

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