Researching this subject, it was fascinating to find the many scholarly studies which measured positive roles that companion animals play in social life, with dogs at the forefront. Various studies have concluded that animal owners have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, higher survival rates after serious illness, and suffer less from loneliness or depression. A number of studies have concluded that companion animals tend to enhance family life.
On the other hand, there comes a tipping point where the whole household turns into a giant furball that requires daily vacuuming and plunges the family economy even deeper into mortgage stress.
We will end up homeless but at least we will have three dogs and a cat to stop us getting depressed about it. And park benches don't require vacuuming.