Do you really think a pet (dog in my case) is good company, if you live on your own?
The only pet I had was a Westie from age 8 until my early twenties and he was a family dog and we shared the responsibilities.
I remember not especially liking it when my parents went away and I was left in the house with him (although I love dogs) and have therefore never really related to the idea that they can help if you're feeling lonely. A friend was on the 'phone earlier nagging me to get a dog...but I'm not sure.
So back to the first question...does a dog really keep you company and keep away he lonely blues if you find yourself on your own in life or will I feel like a sad single parent family.
I live alone, and don't date much. I had dogs as a kid, but never felt particularly close to them. I've had cats for most of my adult life, but, one day, I was at the vets with one of my cats when someone brought in a stray dog that had been thrown out a window. I looked at the little puppy and fell in love, and took him when he was healed. He's a pit bull/german shepherd, and is the sweetest thing on earth. To be honest: I sometimes resent the amount of attention he needs; constant walking, a lot of food, etc -- cats are easier by half -- but I can't imagine him gone. I wouldn't say I'm less lonely -- he doesn't go to movies with me, etc -- but it's nice when he jumps on the couch and snuggles while I read. It also gives me a good feeling to know that I saved an animal that had a very hard life, and would probably have died if I hadn't taken him home. Don't force it, though: you'll find a dog that you can't say no to, or, rather, he'll find you.
I love my little dog. I couldn't imagine life without her. When I am at work or away, I always am thinking about her and can't wait to get back home. They are perfect little companions.
Well, an animal can give you a feeling of love. You can love it and it will usually appear to like you.
But it's a responsibility, more than a lot of people realize going into it. You're not free to be spontaneous. You have to make sure it's fed and has water and is walked. You can't just leave it locked up in an apartment all day and then stop after work at a bar for hours. If you travel you have to make arrangements for the animal to be cared for. And it's a 10 to 15 year commitment. They are an added expense - food, grooming, vet. And their hair with the exception of a few breeds is on the furniture, your clothes, everywhere. They also smell. Some smell a lot worse than others so be aware. People who have dogs usually don't smell it but believe me others do.
I had pets all my life and had to put the last one down a year ago. I was very nostalgic for a while when I'd see other people walking their dogs but I love the freedom I have now and I love the hairless fresher smelling house.
I have 2 cats. When I was single it was the best solution, they don't need walking, leave enough food and water and they look after themselves during the day and two means they keep each other company. I don't live alone any more but I still have 2 - different ones, but still like them to have company.
Not goofing on you when I say I find comfort in plush/stuffed dogs. They're like my Jerry Mahoneys.
[quote]I love the freedom I have now and I love the hairless fresher smelling house.
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If you're a dog person, then yes they are great company. If you're not, then they can seem more responsibility than best friend.
It sounds like two or three adult cats would be good for you, OP. You would be surprised at how interesting and fun they are.
There is a big difference between wanting company and needing company.