Another Friday another post! Hope you all are doing good!
It’s a fun post today and is about dogs! I sometimes wonder why we call a human a dog, negatively as in “he is a dog or she is a bitch!”. As far as I am concerned, it should be rather a compliment. Dogs are friendly, loyal, intelligent, they love you unconditionally and are super cute too!
Isn’t all that a good thing? Me wonder!
Anyways, on Monday my conversation with the OH (Other Half) went a little weirdly! Here is how it went:
Me: Did you read my latest post last Friday?
OH: Yeah (munching on some snacks on the leather couch)…why do you always write on fitness?
Me: I don’t always write on fitness!
OH: You do! You are jill of many trades…write on something else this time.
Me: Ohkaay! On what?
OH: I don’t know…something else!
Me: Like what?
OH: Thinking….family, kids, travel, dogs..
Me: Dogs? But we don’t have dogs!
OH: We can always get one!
Me: No! I have my hands full already!!
OH: Okay…I have already given you an idea. Now you do what you want! (and goes back to TV with his snack bowl).
So, this is what started this Friday’s blog-post! This above-mentioned conversation got me thinking how and when it all changed for me. I used to love dogs. In fact, I was crazy about dogs as a kid. Begged my parents so many times for a pet dog but they never allowed.
As a kid, I was never scared of dogs and I quickly learnt the breeds and where to rub and scratch these little (and big) beauties. I also understood their body language well, even if I did not have a pet of my own. I swore one kid-day that a soon as I have a house of my own, I would get a pet first thing!
One of the major regrets in my life is not having a camera the day I and OH went to a friend’s place in Delhi. She had a big and chubby Golden Retriever. We didn’t know about the dog when we entered her house and as soon as my OH saw the dog he got so scared he ran behind a sofa and started shouting for help!
Hilarious, the scene was! Never fails to bring a chuckle to me!!
To be honest, the dog was friendly and I had a blast playing with her whereas OH was scared as hell! He also has come a long way from then and now isn’t scared of dogs at all. I guess I have Pluto to thank for that!
Having or seeing a big black dog, right from a tiny little pup stage, does help!
Pluto is a big, black, friendly and super-hyper Labrador that owns my sister. The only person that scares Pluto in this world is 7-year old Ginni. He came to us 40 days old and is now 5 years old. His hobbies include stealing and chewing slippers apart from eating rusks and unless you have a treat in hand, he doesn’t care for any commands!
Coming back to why I never got a pet even when I could, things changed as we got married and had a house of our own. We moved to Mumbai and houses here are small, with no terraces or open space for pets. We were both working, leaving every morning for our respective careers and coming back in evening. There really was no time/energy left for a dog and anyways, who would have stayed with the dog the entire day!
Then the girls happened and my days were so full caring for them that I ended up taking a sabbatical from work and somehow, it got extended till now. Now, the girls keep begging for a pup of their own but I still am not sure.
Having a dog is like having another kid in the house. It is another big responsibility. Caring for him would need more from me and I am not ready for the commitment as of now. The girls are too small to help and the OH wouldn’t be of much help either. He has his plate overflowing too!
And I have seen the mess dog-hair make! Hair, hair, everywhere! My sister literally keeps a heavy-duty handy vacuum cleaner by her side, always! And the dog-hair still find its way everywhere, anywhere. Even closed boxes, drawers and cupboards.
Don’t even get me get started on all the fleas, blood and other unmentionables. If you have a kid, you know what I mean. As a mom, I have caught every yucky thing you can think of, in my hands to save something else. Geez!
And I openly admit being a little particular about cleanliness and organization. If you are like me, you know how claustrophobic a messy or dirty place makes you feel, thank you.
Having said that, dogs are cute and fun! My current favourite are beagles – friendly and small enough for apartments.
I am not going to start with the benefits of having a dog in the house. Everyone knows that its therapeutic and I think that given a choice almost every kid would want one….and at least 75% of adults too. It is said that dogs help in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol too…I think, its because of the extra physical activity that you do with them and the stress that goes down, in their company.
Many an evenings, we go out for a walk around, just a little stroll to meet out stray dog-friends, Polly, Snowy and Blacky. With a roti or bread for each one of them! The girls like these ‘Nature Sessions’ as we call them and happily feed and play with these excited and friendly dogs.
Dogs are a huge responsibility but easier than kids no doubt. Can you leave kids in a kennel for a few days while you vacation in Rome or Tibet? Ha, you wish! Can you make 4 rotis every meal for kids and leave it at that? That would be something! Can you bathe a dog once every week? Can you watch TV/read a book peacefully while your kids cuddle up next to you, demanding nothing? Nirvana!!
Not comparing but I think am kinda convincing myself here that maybe, a dog in the house won’t be that huge a responsibility 😊
Afterall, all you need is to feed the pets, take them to vet almost once every two months, pay exorbitant amount of money for dog-food and good kennels (when you travel), a dog-trainer or a walker if you don’t want to do it yourself! Another small fortune on chew toys, cleaning products and deodorizers etc etc
Looks like am melting slowly, not yet there but as I said, slowly. Dogs ARE cute! The girls are getting bigger and they might help me with the dog. It would be a blast having another furry family member…well, apart from teary farewells whenever we travel but a slobbery welcome would make up for it when we come back!
What do you say? Dog or not yet? Which way do you swing? Which is your favourite breed? Did you like today’s blog post? And the video?
Till next Friday, XOXO