Wanting a dog does not involve just choosing which one you like more for your physical qualities or "race", wanting a dog also implies to realize that you will invite him to share your life, your house, your space and that he also has needs and Many times will not fulfill your expectations.
Wanting a dog is to be willing to love him in the good and bad, puppy, adult or grandfather, love him when he barks and have patience because something wants to tell you.
Love him when he bites the walls and the armchair, when he runs and doesn't listen to you because he's expressing his nature free and playful. Take him to the doctor because he's sick or hurt.
Give him worthy food and not "what spare" but what you can really offer him. Understand that a dog has tastes and dislikes and that what you expected from him may not be compatible with who he actually is.
Wanting a dog is not a matter of wanting or wishing, neither miss nor dream.
Wanting a dog is to understand that you will not have only "a dog", which is not a thing or property, but a unique individual who coexists and shares life with you with will and his own mission to fulfill.
Wanting a dog is to stop talking about wanting to really learn to love...
Wanting a dog is to observe it, take it into account, let it decide, let it grow, let it express itself, let it translate its canine footprint into this
Wanting a dog is to recognize that it belongs to an animal species different from yours and as such has different and specific needs: like running outdoors, sniffing everything in its step, exploring the world, playing and meeting other dogs.
You will have fears, insecurities, anger, frustrations, joys, preferences, friendships, sorrows, losses, pain, sleep, hunger, joy, emotion for waking up by your side every day, thanks and love... lots of love.
Wanting a dog is to commit to every day of his life because it will depend on you and you are the only thing he has.
Wanting a dog is to be willing to discover and accept the lessons that has come to teach you, because if you love a dog you know it was he who was organized to get to you to help you reconnect with life, with the present, With the sun, the moon and the stars, with the plants, with the sky, with the air and the mountains but above all... help you to reconnect your heart.
Taken from Amigos contra el Maltrato y el Abandono Animal's post on facebook