In an effort to appear balanced, I would like to discuss the flipside of my post from Dec 29th: Reason to Get a Dog in 2010.
So, here goes. Why NOT to get a dog:
1 – MUD.
I live in LA where it NEVER rains and yet, there’s mud in my yard. It may have to do with Stoli being a Husky with a penchant for digging, but wiping paws six or seven times a day plus two baths a week is a major burden. No, not baths for me. I promise I take one daily.
2 – Exercise.
Dogs need loads of exercise. If you’re sedentary (apparently I was), this is a real issue.
3 – Hair.
Yeah. It’s everywhere and on everything. I thought cat hair was pervasive - its got nothing on dog hair. Vacuuming everyday and lots of sweeping / dusting / wiping is required.
4 – Commitment.
Having a dog is akin to having a child. It constantly needs to be watched, fed, and played with. Forget spontaneously taking off for the weekend. You need to plan for a sitter, er, kennel.
(yes, this is actually my dog)
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great thing to be a dog owner. Ah, look at that face.
Just be prepared before making that buying decision.