These Illustrations Reveal What It’s Like Before And After Having A Dog

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.” – Robert Wagner

They say dogs are a man’s best friend, and for good reason. Dogs don’t judge us or have unrealistic expectations; they stand by our side no matter what and remain loyal. As long as you give them love, attention, and positive discipline, they will never turn their back on you. Dogs are one of the most popular companion animals in the U.S. In fact, in 2017, a total of 89.7 million dogs lived in households as pets in the United States, according to Statista.

Of course, owning a dog doesn’t come without challenges or annoyances, especially if you get one as a puppy. Everyone thinks of dogs as cuddly, adorable companions (which they are), but don’t always remember that dogs take quite a bit of responsibility as well. Golden Retriever owner John knows all too well about the ups and downs of having a dog, and he draws illustrations to show his life before and after getting his beloved furry friend.

He named his dog Maimai and calls him “the cutest little furry evil.” After seeing these pictures he drew, you’ll understand why. Without further ado, let’s have a behind-the-scenes look at life before and after getting a dog. If you want to see more of John’s illustrations, make sure to check out his site here.

These illustrations show what life is like before and after getting a dog:

1. “There goes my smart phone…maybe I should consider getting a Nokia 3310 just in case…LOL.”

2. “Who? Me? I behave alright,” murmured by Maimai…

3. The paw prints and dog hair might dirty up the car, but the mess is worth it.

4. “Oh well, Maimai’s family, he’s definitely worth the cost; yup!”


5. “My TV dinner’s never the same any more…not after I got these furry kids…”


6. “Look what happens to my phone AFTER I got a dog.”


7. Having a dog totally changes up your nighttime routine after getting home from work.


8. “Look what happened with Maimai in my life.”


As you can see, having a dog means your life will change in various ways. Your stuffed animals will get chewed up, you’ll have to guard your food with your life, and you will have to walk your dog at night instead of curling up to watch TV.

However, after a while, these things won’t seem like such a hassle. You’ll begin to love walks with your dog because you have someone to spend your time with when you get home from work. Sure, having a dog can get expensive and time-consuming, but the extra money and effort won’t seem like a burden when you experience the unconditional love from your doting pet.

Life before a dog might seem easier, but the newfound friendship makes the hard times worth it. After having a dog, you will know what love and friendship truly mean, and these lessons will stick with you forever.

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