Here I ask the question, "How do you view your dog?" Is your dog like a child to you? Is your dog spoiled? Is your dog stubborn? Or, to the other extremem, is your dog just a tool to gain trophies?
Too often than not, people forget that their dogs are just that...dogs. They forget that a dog's greatest joy is just to be around others. They forget the importance of exercise (both mental and physical). Most importantly, they forget how to enjoy their dogs.
Yes, it's great when your dog wins an agility competition. Yes, it's wonderful if he wins a PSA title. Sometimes, though, all your dog wants is your company.
If you have a dog, or are thinking about getting one, please don't forget the importance of leisurely walks, fun bike rides, long cuddles, and lots of love. Allow yourself to love your dog just as much as he loves you, because, to quote a famous poet, "Love is all you need."