I’ve read over and over that studies show pets increase happiness and lifespan and lead to overall better health.
So why don’t I have one!? Yes, my husband can be rather pet-like at times, but we have yet to take the plunge into actual dog ownership. (I say dog because Matt is allergic to cats, and I can’t see us getting a hamster or snake).
I have to admit something here, and please don’t hate me: I really don’t like dogs that much. I think they are super cute, and I like playing with them, and I can see why other people would love having them, but I just don’t know if I am cut out to have one. This could be because I grew up in a cat household. Cats seem cleaner to me and less high maintenance with all the walking and picking up poop in a bag and all. (But I did learn recently how gross litter boxes are when cat sitting for our friends!) I like the idea of having a dog hang out with me in the house and going on family walks with it on crisp fall days, but then I think about those frigid January mornings when the dog would need to go out while it’s still dark, 32* and pouring down rain. Matt goes to work at 3AM, so who do you think would have to walk the dog!? And then there’s the issue of vacations. I suppose we have enough friends that we could probably bribe some of them to dog-sit, and I guess there’s always the kennel… And lastly, I’m scared that we’ll get the wrong dog personality for us! What if he barks all the time or poops on my white carpet uncontrollably or has a drooling problem. What if I don’t like him!? Is that possible, dog owners?
But I guess I have to get the dog first and then I’ll love it so much I won’t care about these things J (At least I hope so). And I’m sure those walks with our dog-to-be will be good for my heart, my soul, and my Type-A, clean-a-holic personality.
We are planning on doing daschund rescue when the time comes. I know we will get one someday. I just need to mentally prepare a bit longer.
Do you guys think your dogs make you healthier? How do you find the balance between the responsibilities and the love?!