We had this debate before, only concerning kittens instead of puppies.
Therefore, all I am going to contribute to this is -
I have always been a reptile lover, always have been, always will be. However, when this topic is brought up is the only time I am ashamed to be classified with other reptile lovers.
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."-Unknown