The comfort and excercise that a dog can give an owner is very special. I miss having a pet, but I do like the freedom that not having one gives me when I choose to go away for a week or two. I also worry about pets that are left alone in apartments or houses all day while the owner is at work. In retirement, when we are slower and older, a dog can certainly give one the minimum amount of exercise necessary to keep on their toes.
My next door neighbor’s beautiful black lab 8 month old puppy is on a leash all day long in the garage. He gets out once a day for a rather brief walk. It saddens me.
Please make sure you know what you are getting into when you get a dog..it is expensive.