For me, having a dog in the house is part of what makes it a home. I was raised with animals, I can't ever remember not having one as a child. One thing I always looked forward to was having MY OWN dog. A dog who would be more excited and happy to see me than anyone else. My parents always got that with the dogs we had because either they fed them or were just around them more.
Scout is MY dog. Yeah, she's Aaron's, too, but more mine. :P I know she's a bit annoying at times, but we're working on it. She has gotten so much better in the year that we've had her. We've trained her to do quite a few tricks, too. She is a bit on the high-maintenance side, I think in large part due to being abandoned or lost or whatever happened to her to land her in the shelter. But she really is one of the sweetest most gentle dogs I've ever met.
To some people, she's just a dog. But to me, she's a little piece of my family and having her makes home a warmer place to be. I'm extremely thankful that we adopted Scout.