Friday, August 31, 2012

Imagine - a world without pets

Disclaimer: I truly love my pack and hope to have them for a decade or so more. However, I do have moments (like when Lee jumps up and pees on the guest bed in front of the man for no good reason and 10 minutes later, Phod is off after the deer for a few minutes or I wake up to a huge puddle of mystery pee), when I imagine a world without my pack.

Here are some good things I imagine that would happen if I didn't have a pack:
-we would have nice things, like complete walls. (although having them wreck things is a good excuse to get new things)
-we wouldn't have to rush home to let the dogs out.
-I wouldn't be stressed every time I left them worrying that something was going to be destroyed today (although I may be more worried about someone breaking in).
-We would have more money. I don't for one second begrudge any $ spent on care and treats, I do begrudge money spent on replacing things someone chewed up.
-I wouldn't have as many conversations about bodily functions (for example, a morning conversation may be, Phod is empty, but Lee hasn't pooped yet so can you take her out again before you go to work?)
-I wouldn't have to scoop cat litter, pick up poop, clean up vomit as often.
-I would get to sleep in an extra hour every morning before work.
-Imagine all the room in bed!
-I would not need to sweep and vacuum as often (which may make me lazy about cleaning)

Here are some things that would suck:
-I wouldn't walk as much. I know there is no reason why I couldn't walk without the dogs, but I wouldn't do my 2.5-3.5 km most mornings without them. This would likely lead to me being overweight.
-Research shows people with pets live longer and are more relaxed (perhaps they weren't my pets).
-Life would be very quiet and maybe a little boring.
-I wouldn't have the excuse "Oh I need to go let the dogs out" to avoid social situations I don't like.
-I wouldn't have connected with all the great people through dog blogging (I doubt I would have found them without being a blogger myself).
-The house would feel empty.
-The joy would be gone from our house.
-I wouldn't have pet hair as the perfect accessory to every outfit.

At the end of the day, the pros to having my pack members (mainly the dogs, the cats at aged 17 are pretty chill), outweigh the cons and I know that without them I would be lost.

I guess life could be worse, I could have kids:)

Happy Friday!


  1. That is a really nice post. Have a fantastic Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Negative: Would you have even considered living where you are now if you didn't have dogs in the front of your mind? Dogs make us think yard, durability, safety over shiny, flashy, convenience. Happy Friday, Kristen, and enjoy chasing the tumble-furs around the house! :D

    1. No, I don't think I would have picked this house (which I love) if I didn't have the dogs in mind. I can't wait to put a dog run in for them, although I think it will have to wait til next year!

  3. I know the feeling! When Maggie and Duke were 1 and 2 it was crazy, they seemed to have mellowed a bit in the last 2 years.

    I saw Hailey and Zaphod on the Blog Hop and had to see who had a pet named Zaphod! Zaphod Beeblebrox is the coolest guy in the universe, at least in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Sounds like your Zaphod is pretty cool too.

  4. Thanks for dropping by. Can't wait to check out your blog.

    You can thank Zaphod's foster mom Jenn for his cool name. Zaphod wasn't on my short list, but I love it!

    Visit us again soon!

  5. I can relate to this for sure!

    If I didn't have pets:
    - I would be living back downtown
    - my king sized bed would feel like a king sized bed
    - I would have a shag rug in the living room like we've always wanted

    But it goes without saying that we would never ever give up all the poo and pee and barf for anything!


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