OK animal lovers, don’t stone me. I’m not going to talk about why you shouldn’t have a dog, just about why I don’t want one.
Have you heard the ads on the radio for “DinOvite“, a vitamin supplement for dogs? These commercials are made up of people graphically describing their dogs’ ailments – digging “gunk” out their ears, shedding fur, constant scratching, bad gas, incredible “stink” and on and on until my lunch is ready to come back up. If I wasn’t convinced before that I do not want to enter into the world of dog care, this commercial would seal it.
Oh, I’ve already heard some of these stories from friends and family who have dogs as companions. It’s a dedicated person who can devote their lives to this kind of care. Early morning bathroom runs, late night bathroom runs, vet bills, shoes destroyed, walls destroyed. And if you want to compare raising a child to caring for a pet? Eventually a child will go to the bathroom by themselves! You’ll never get to stop picking up dog poop. Unless you have a woods…
I’ve had pets in my life. Growing up our dogs and cats were outside animals for the most part. They left their hair outside and their poop in the woods. Animals visited the inside but lived outside. We did have one inside dog in my late teenage years, but I was not her primary care giver.
In my adult life I’ve only had low maintenance pets. Some fish. A rabbit with epilepsy that the vet guilted us into spending way too much money in medication on because it was our son’s pet. (We could have purchased 10 “Leaper’s” for what we spent on one and our son would never have known the difference.) Also a parakeet and a parrot. Even the parrot proved to be too much work, we sold him.
I love to look at your beautiful animal, even pet it if it doesn’t stink (if it does maybe you need DinOvite!) and let my son pet it if you give the OK. But then you can take it home with you. And I’m definitely headed the other way if it’s a jumper.
If you use “DinOVite” I sincerely hope it helps your pet as some of these syptoms sound horrible. As for me and the DinOvite commercials – I guess I’ll be turning to a commercial free station during lunch!