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How long have you got? :-) I just got a dog and never had one before. The pros are many -- Teaches responsibility. Unconditional love from the dog, and hopefully from you, too. It's proven people with pets live longer and a dog can lower your blood pressure, although sometimes my dog raises mine. Depending on the dog, and you, the downsides can be many. Expenses, both food and vet bills. You MUST take care of the dog for the rest of the dog's life -- you just can't stop. You must walk the dog, regardless of weather. Some dogs and breeds bark a lot. If you take a vacation you must take the dog with you or board it. Finally, unlike Lassie, it's very doubtful your dog will ever save you if you fall in a well. :-)

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