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I grew up never having a pet. Not even a fish. The four noisy children running around the house were enough for my parents. Now, as a mother myself, I don’t blame them. Why add all this extra work? And although I think pets, all animals are really good, I’ve never had this strong desire to own a pet. Cats don’t do enough for me. They just hang around. Dogs shed, stink, and you need to train them. My friends also complain about their potty training. “Ugh, we had a rough night last night with Henry,” they will say. “We had to get up with him five times to wee. And he pooped on the carpet. Sometimes it looks like they have a newborn baby in their hands. If I wanted to get up again in the middle of the night, I would try to conceive another baby.
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And I’m not the monster type either. My house is a mess; there is dust on the windowsills and cobwebs strewn in the corners of the basement. It’s just that I don’t want any mess and extra work. Call me lazy, but I’m just not ready to add an extra “adult” on top of what I already have to do.
But when I go to my friends’ house, I stroke and even play with their dogs. I appreciate them. And I see the joy that their pets bring to their families. Little children love them. I appreciate other people’s dogs, but I don’t want them myself. And my husband, he was bitten twice by dogs, both times on the ass. Ouch. So, no, we are in no rush to have a puppy even though our kindergarten is begging us every week. And despite the fact that we are not “pets”, that does not make us wrong people.
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Sometimes we feel like people are judging us for not wanting an animal in our house. “Come on,” people will say, “you must give your children the gift of a childhood with a dog.” My husband and I are going to look at each other, roll our eyes and laugh, but honestly it’s getting boring. And my poor husband. Everyone knows it’s been a bit before, so they give it a run for its money when we’re at a friend’s house. They will encourage their dogs to chase my husband, jump on his knees and even after a few beers, bump his leg! It drives the nail even further into the coffin – we’ll never get a dog, or anything other than a fish, for a pet.
Yes, my husband and I are very fond of other people’s pets. But we are just making the decision not to have pets in our house. No, that doesn’t make us bad people. It just makes us “not pampering people”. We will pet your cat and play with your dog to find it, but no animal will be able to stay with us.