Let me first state that I am not advocating getting a dog solely for the purpose of wanting an exercise partner. Yes that is definitely one great advantage to having a dog, however owning a dog has a hefty amount of responsibility and I would hate for anyone to get a dog and neglect him or her. That’s just not right.
Coming from someone who’s had a dog practically my entire life, they become more than just a mere pet. They are considered one of the family. There are many dog owners out there that feel the exact same way and would never think of mistreating or being cruel to their furry friend.