There seems to be nightly discussion at my home about getting a dog. Some people (who don't even live here) are saying, "but we're supposed to be a dog family-we've always had a dog." There's a certain ring of truth to that. My kids have always had a dog, but the problem is they aren't always here to care for the animal. I recall the
Last night, my son told me that he'd had enough of life without a dog. He gave me $100 toward the adoption fee of a dog then proceeded to peruse the local shelter's offerings. He wants a dog in a bad way. Big. Young. Black lab.
My husband told me that my daughter told him she was going to go out and buy ME a dog. She is the one who doesn't live here. She wants a dog, but she wants to disguise her desire as my need. Mom needs a dog to keep her company. No. Mom needs a flock of merino sheep, some cashmere goats and a couple of alpaca. Then mom will NEED a herding dog to keep the beasts in line. I don't know where I'll keep all those animals-I live in town with a yard the size of a postage stamp, but a girl can dream.
This morning, I called my husband to tell him to leave a certain amount of money in our checking account. I told him I needed to buy a few things like some
yarn at the big sale today patio furniture, and he told me, "no, you need to go buy that dog we saw online at the shelter." He wants a dog. A pitbull mix.
And so you can plainly see, the heat is on. Of course I'll cave, but I need to put a few guidelines in for my tribe:
- If someone is looking to surprise me with a dog, I have a hankering for a labradoodle- chocolate or apricot.
- Please, no dogs used for fighting-I don't care how cute they look, it's what they're bred to do and I don't want one. Remember, we can nurture and train a dog to be a wonderful addition to our family, but we can't conquer nature.
- $100 is not enough to put toward a 100 pound dog. I may add here that a big dog=monumental waste and epic poop patrols. If the website says the dog is energetic, I beg you to read into that line. Also, please stop sighing over every puppy you look at on the shelter's website. It's not going to work, it's not going to work, it's not going to...