Earlier today I read an article in the Huffington Post about how getting a dog (or any pet) is a better alternative to having plastic surgery (I think most of us already knew that) but you will never guess who wrote the article. The article was written by a plastic surgeon! Yep a plastic surgeon was telling people that getting a pet actually saving a pet from a shelter is more rewarding. long term, and infinitely more satisfying then getting a face-lift.
I found his rational to be both honest and funny at the same time. He gave 10 reasons why getting a pet is the better option and I want to share them here with a little commentary from us.
1.) The average facelift lasts approximately five to 10 years, depending upon technique and individual’s skin type. The average lifespan of a dog, depending on breed and size, is 12.8 years. However, long after your loving dog passes away, the memories of extraordinary times together will live in your heart forever. Once your facelift begins to sag, your only memory will be the price tag to have it re-done!
2.) Dogs are cheaper than a facelift. The average facelift costs approximately $11,000, depending on the city and surgeon. You can rescue a dog from the shelter for free, and even the most expensive pedigree dog does not cost more than a few thousand dollars. Also, you will get a lot more bang for your buck with a dog because a dog will love and appreciate you forever.
3.) It has been scientifically proven that owning a dog increases your lifespan! Numerous studies have shown that dog ownership lowers your blood pressure, encourages exercise, decreases stress and loneliness, lowers your cholesterol and thus enhances your health. Dogs can sniff out some forms of cancer and recognize early signs of seizures, enabling them to warn their human companion to lie down to prevent injury. To date, no studies have been able to document any of the same health benefits from a facelift. (I guess if you are living longer you might have more wrinkles on your face but will have lived a happier life with a loving companion)
4.) A puppy’s breath is special and sweet; your plastic surgeon’s breath is a crapshoot. (Puppy breath is the best but you have to remember to brush your dogs teeth as it gets older)
5.) Your plastic surgeon will hang around for a little while after your face-lift, but your dog will happily be your companion and friend offering unconditional love for life. (If you are confiding in your plastic surgeon and treating him/her as a confidant it might be time to seek a therapist)
6.) People won’t mock and sneer at you behind your back if you get a dog. A facelift? (I don’t know about that but at least they will not be talking about you behind your back they might not get it that you wanted a pet companion. Though you will meet new friends with your pet so it might not matter anymore anyway.)
7.) You can teach your dog to do tricks; a facelift, not so much.
8.) After a long day or a horrible emotional experience, you can cuddle up with your dog and feel a lot better; not so with a face-lift. (that is so true a pet will be there to cuddle with you no matter the reason)
9.) Possible complications encountered after a facelift include permanent facial nerve injury, poor scarring, bleeding, skin loss or irregularities and infection. The worst complication encountered with a well-loved dog includes an accident on the living room floor or a chewed slipper. (I am sure we all could share a story or two about something destroyed in puppy-hood a favorite book or socks or a table or chair used as a teething toy though they generally grow out of that in a few months.)
10.) You can train your pet to be a Certified Therapy Dog and partner up with your dog and volunteer your services visiting sick patients in the hospital or troubled children in school. Animal-assisted therapy is a type of therapy that involves an animal with specific characteristics becoming a fundamental part of a person’s treatment. It is designed to improve the physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning of the patient, as well as providing educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. The experience is incredibly rewarding. People respond favorably after visiting with a dog; a visit with a facelift just isn’t the same! (Not sure how this one belongs in the 10 ten list but I would much rather visit with a dog then to see someone’s new face-lift. In fact feel free not to have to put me on your list to visit to show off your new face-lift I just don’t care enough to need to see it. I could have used the money to get a new dog and have the funds to care for it for its life)
Oh Indiana says she would rather you didn’t get a face-lift because then you probably wouldn’t let her lick your face and Davinia thinks it smells a little funny and will just have to sneeze.