In more recent times for me at the age of 27, my fiance and I both agreed on these thoughts;
” Ok, first, we both love rats. They’re surprisingly clean, VERY smart, very interactive, yet cheap money wise, and they causes NO way NEAR the same amount of stress and damage that a larger animal might cause.
Most likely we’ll have some pet cats, some where from 1-3, but it ALWAYS depends on things such as money, shelter, and our living situation, as well as who and how many people are in the household.
My slight downfall with animals, yet all with good intentions, is that I am a sap for a pet in need, and before rats, I was a cat girl since the age of 2. I love to help, rescue, and adopt when possible.
Being the full on vegan that my fiance is, he likes to donate money when possible to different charities, and a farm animal sanctuary is one of his favorites. If we ever had the cash, our dream would be to live in the country, yet still somewhat close to a large city, foster pets, and be a part of a rat rescue. We may even foster a few farm animals like pigs or chickens.
This is all if we lived in a perfect world where money is never a problem of course , but ya never know.
Is A Pet A Good Idea?
As for my view on dogs as pets. IF we are to adopt a “poochie-poo”, most likely NO large ones.
It’s not that I dislike large dogs, not in the least, but from all the dogs I’ve grown up with in the past, I KNOW large dogs can be a LARGE responsibility! ( Not to mention a LARGE head ache at times)
On the other hand, my opinion is most likely swayed because of my parents never fully training their dogs to have complete manners. They did the bare minimum, and ONLY if the dogs FELT like listening.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my parents and my parents, ESPECIALLY my dad, LOVE their dogs, and put LOTS of time,love, and money into the “The Big dog’s furry-fund”.
On the other side, here are my positive thoughts on large dogs. Large dogs CAN be, and most likely WILL be, a cuddle-bug, a companion, and a best friend. Yet BE AWARE. While at times they are a dream, they can also be a NIGHTMARE if not controlled.
( Ever see the movie scene in “A Christmas Story” where the neighbor’s dogs charge in and ruin Christmas dinner? Well if you didn’t let me sum it up for you; after that scene they end up eating Chinese food like most good Jewish American families do on Christmas , except they WEREN’T Jewish!
(Deck the haws wif boughs of ha-Ry! Fa ra ra ra ra! ra ra! Ra Ra!) lol ( no offense! All in good humor!)
And THAT could only be the start of a spoiled untrained large dog! I Actually kind of think it’s border line cruel to NOT teach a dog manners. It’s not their fault in the end. ONE- they’re the owners responsibility, and TWO-they just don’t know.
As for small dog breeds, one big problem, other than the typical high pitched bark, is that they tend to have different food allergies and/or sensitive and itchy skin. Unfortunately when humans breed animals unnaturally, they tend to have health issues. This is mainly found in dogs with long and curly hair.
(( GOOD NEWS for humans with ALLERGIES** there are dog bred to have non-allergenic fur/ hair. Not sure on the details, so go on google and look it up if you wish to learn more!!! ))
It all comes down to YOU and you’re significant other’s final thoughts, pros, and cons. Remember the issues;
money, living situation, the amount of time YOU AND you’re family can spend on care and grooming.
I think a pet, ESPECIALLY the first pet to enter you family’s home, should be a group decision, yet still being the parents final decision after everyone’s thoughts and ideas have been heard and thought over.
When my brother and I were young, any time our whole family was together for the night, my parents would try and pick dinner along with a possible activity or movie choice. The way we would pick out dinner and plans would be to form a quick family meeting where all ideas and thought were either picked out of a hat or discussed and voted on.
In this pet case, I think each family member should write down their ideas and thoughts on a piece of paper as a way to get their thought out, yet present them in a direct and to the point format.
Ex: Name, pet, 2/3 pros, 2/3 needs each followed by ways you WILL meet those needs.
I think the ages 3 or 2 below is too young, but I think if they can comprehend the situation with something to say, I say give them a fair chance to be heard as well!
I’m not found on the idea of getting rid of an animal, but if ,number one, it’s for the safety of you family, or, number two, you realize you just can not give the care and attention that this animal needs, it takes a LOT of strength, in my opinion, to do what you know is right for this creature, even if it breaks your heart.
I just couldn’t care for the neighbor’s poor loving and very sweet cat. I still feel terrible, but in my case and yours Emma, you did all that YOU could do and that’s all that matters.
For some, like poodles, cocker-spaniels, Maltese, and other long haired pups small OR large , an extra daily responsibility is added with those cute fluffy locks!
GROOMING is a MUST!!!
Small dogs can be very friendly, but it depends on the breed. Some make great watch dogs, but NOT to be confused with guard dogs. A watch dog simply let’s you know when someone, or something, is approaching the house. I know it sounds annoying, but it’s actually helpful. Example: It takes me a while to get ready, when I hear the dog bark I know my guest has arrived.
This is helpful because I’m more likely to hear the dog, where my cell phone volume may be turned down by accident or simply just not heard at all or missed calls. As for a car horn beep, they may go unnoticed for various reasons or mistaken with a neighbor’s car. When your dog is giving a ” watch dog bark” you will know.
Bottom line, their warnings can be helpful in different situations, from shady strangers possibly lurking, to a door bell and alarm clock.
Sometimes when a dog has such a strong love for THEIR human, they go into ” protect mode”. They may bark at people they don’t normally bark at, but they bark only when that extra beloved person is present. Be careful, some small breeds may even try to nip at the slightest suspicion that you’re going toward THEIR human meaning harm.
My dog has never done that, but I have known a few dogs that guard people and one even nipped at me while I was simply reaching for the tv remote next to the guarded person!!! A Maltese ( the nipper), spritzer mix ( medium/large dog), and a cocker-spaniel.
As for me, I have a male, neutered, grayish-black toy poodle, Atari, adopted from a neighbor who passed away. I don’t do the froo froo Pom Pom girly look either with his fur. For him, it’s either shaved or a long curly “a la natural” ( How ever it’s spelled! Lol)
He is actually super friendly and automatically thinks everyone is his best friend!
He may be out-going with everyone, including strangers, but I know he REALLY loves me for me (or the food I give him. One of the two!)
Believe it or not though, if he ever sees me crying, he gets very worried. He wiggles his whole body, does this big shuffle with his front legs ( sometimes scratching my face while i’m thinking,” Atari! This is NOT making me feel better but then he does the sweetest thing an animal has ever done to cheer me up.
He just won’t stop licking my face until I literally STOP crying all together.
After being diagnosed with bi polar 1, things were still hard with excepting, but better in the way that we all knew why I was acting the way I was.
Atari is not only used to my mood swings, but he is a true best furry friend who tries to make it all better! He kisses me and lays with me even if the tears stop because he gets scared I’ll start crying again.
Dogs are very smart as well as sensitive to certain human emotions. Here’s his sad past story and my belief as to why he is so sensitive.
The human mommy he had before me, mother of two sons, next door neighbor, and friend, died early on in her life, somewhere in her late 40′s.
She had a bad drinking problem, but the saddest thing of all is that she had confessed her willingness to get help and feared for her life just days before she was admitted into the hospital on Christmas Eve.
I think Atari gets scared when he hears tears, but is so GENTLE and LOVING! ( well when he STOPS that paw & claw shuffle dance that he does!)
The husband unfortunately was busy and didn’t take the time to care for Atari the way he should have been. There were a couple times I saw Atari wondering around all alone at night in the rain for no apparent reason.
I hated to think it, but just as the cat in that house who we suspected was dropped off somewhere and abandoned ( only to return 3 months later!) Atari might have also been a failed attempt at being abandoned.
Atari, around the suspected age of 13, needed a bit of training. For example, he wasn’t very good at holding his pee and poop in at first, and since I moved back with the folks, they weren’t too happy with him, but despite their dislike for him, they took pity on him and allowed him to join our big animal filled family!!!
If I want to make him happy all I have to say is his favorite words, well…besides cookie!
” Go for RIDE??!!” and OFF we go.
Just looking back and seeing his happy glowing face being wind swept back tremendously from sticking his smiling face out the car window is enough to keep the blues away for BOTH of us.
Is a pet a good idea, it just depends on you.
This blog post was written anonymously and submitted to me to share here on the blog, with the hope that by sharing their own experiences they will go on to help others. This post is true to the best of my knowledge. Why not share your story or experience anonymously with us?