Raise your piddy paws if you own a dog! Do you have them raised high? You in the back … yeah, third from the last row on the right *shading eyes and straining* … your hand’s not up. Get it up there!
Now, raise your piddy paw if there is more than one dog living in your house! Okay … okay … multiple dogs, not as many hands, but I expected that. Some people are just one dog type people, and that’s great. Maybe everyone in your house isn’t a dog person anyway. It’s a compromise, perhaps, having just the one?
You multiple dog people – what does it take to have more than one dog? And why aren’t people with multiple dogs considered crazy, like people with multiple cats? How does one go from being a dog person to having a houseful, anyway?
We have two dogs. I’d adopt at least one more if my Hunny would go for it. I can tell you, at least for us, why we draw the line at two. I’d like to hear from the rest of you why you have the number of dogs you do.
We started out, 20 years ago, with a pregnant me and one dog. A dog, we were told, would prepare us for kids. It would make us a family. The preparing us for kids part was a big, fat LIE. Making us a family? The truth.
Does your dog, or do your dogs, suddenly make you a family, whether or not you have a spouse?
A dog is instant responsibility. I can answer the cat question – cats don’t require NEAR the responsibility that dogs do. A litter box, food, water – a cat can be left for the weekend. Not so the dog. So yes, dogs are like kids that way. Always needing something.
Which is partly why we only have two dogs. I mean, really – we already have three teenagers. Currently four teenagers. Most days five. It’s a lot to be responsible for.
Cats sleep in odd places, like windowsills, foot of the bed, a big stuffed chair. They tuck away into small spots, or sleep on your chest. But dogs? Dogs typically take up more space. not just for sleeping, but at your feet when you’re sitting. In the car (I’ve never taken the cat joy-riding). Anywhere they are, dogs require space. They move, they play, they run. Space.
Then there’s money. Dogs eat more. A lot more. Granted, I’m talking about my own 50 pound creatures, not tiny dogs. Dogs require lots of food. They do! Don’t look at me like that! Okay, mine do. Somehow, the cost of feeding three cats (we had three for a long time) is so much less than feeding two dogs. The flea meds are more expensive for dogs. Every month. Cleaning up after dogs requires a better vacuum. At least, cleaning after my dogs does.
What I’m trying to say here is, it’s the people who own more than three dogs who should be called crazy, not the multiple cat owners.
Stop yelling! I can hear you. I know, I know – having dogs is infinitely more rewarding than having cats. Companionship. Love. Exercise. Entertainment.
Here – The Oatmeal says it all much better than I do. My blog is rated G. This particular comic is not. For my sensitive readers, either be prepared for foul language, or just don’t click the link, please.
Until I write again …