I have a dog. I'm not sure what kind of dog she is, but I call her "the baby." I've had her for about six years now and she's been through a lot with me. She's been to the vet countless times (mostly because of my carelessness), and she's been with me through some pretty tough times.
A pet can be a great source of comfort when you're feeling down or lonely, but dogs are also an amazing addition to the family by taking care of people emotionally and psychologically.
According to Psychology Today, having a dog can help reduce stress levels. Dogs are often referred to as "man's best friend" for good reason — they're happy when you're happy and sad when you're sad. They respond to moods by either being happier themselves or trying to cheer up their owners. If we treat them well, they'll reward us with unconditional love regardless of our moods or situations.
Dogs also help us socialize — they make us more likely to interact with others because they need attention from others in order for them to thrive too!