Okay, so this has absolutely nothing to do with fashion except for the fact that, in my opinion, a dog is your best accessory.

While chatting on the phone with my mom yesterday about the new batch of puppies on their way, I realized something. Everyone should have a dog.  Well, actually, I’ve always thought that, but taking it one step further, everyone who is unemployed should have a dog. See, there are several reasons to back up my theory and I think by the time you have finished reading this, you will agree and if you don’t have a dog already, you’ll be ready to head to the local shelter.

First of all, this comes to my attention after strolling by “Groom-o-Rama” in the the West Village several months ago where there is a sign that reads, “20% off of all puppies.” Um, if that doesn’t break your heart, you probably don’t have one.  Even the little pups are being affected by the lagging economy.  Me being the sucker that I am, always go in to see the little furry fellows.  There are some there that are almost full grown.

Secondly, in case you didn’t get the memo, I’m currently unemployed (I prefer “funemployed”).  I don’t think my dog has ever been happier.  We get to sleep in and snuggle, I play with him all day, and he’s gone on more walks in the last month and half than he has in the last two years (aka his whole life).  When I do have to go to appointments or places that aren’t “dog friendly” he is totally heartbroken.  I don’t know what’s going to happen when I actually go back to a full time career.  Let’s be serious, it certainly hasn’t hurt having him here to talk to and keep me company.  He’s great for bouncing ideas off of.

It is scientifically proven that people with pets are happier and who doesn’t need a little boost of happiness when they are unemployed?  People with dogs are even more physically fit because you have to take your dog out for walks. Dogs are also great conversation starters.  You never know who you will meet. Could be a hot male dog owner or even your next employer.

And finally, a lot of the reason people hold off on getting a pup is that they don’t feel they have enough time to train them properly.  Well, now that you’re unemployed, you have all the time in the world!  You will have the best behaved pooch on the block!

In my book, dogs are not luxuries, they are necessities.  My dog has brought me countless hours of joy. While there are some expenses that come with a pet, they are worth every penny.  Now that’s a sound investment.

So now that you’ve seen the light, check out the ASPCA and Humane Society for tips on adoption and your local shelter.