If I Didn’t Have a Dog…or Cat…………
I could walk barefoot around the yard in safety.
My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and
laminated. All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would
When the doorbell rang, my home wouldn’t sound
like a kennel.
When the doorbell rang, I could get to the door without
wading through all the fuzzy bodies who beat me there. I could sit on the couch and the bed any way I wanted
without having to consider how much space several
furry bodies would need to get comfortable.
I would have enough money, and no guilt, to go on
a real vacation. I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians
as I put their yet-unborn grandkids through college.
My house would not be cordoned off into zones with
baby gates and makeshift barriers.
I would not talk baby talk: ‘Eat your din din’…’Yummy
yummy for the tummy’… My house would not look like a daycare center, with toys
My pockets would not contain things like poop bags,
treats, and an extra leash.
I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L,
W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T, O-U-T, G-O, R-I-D-E, S-U-P-P-E-R,
I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as
I would not look strangely at people who think
having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.
I would look forward to spring and the rainy season
instead of dreading ‘mud’ season.
I would not have to answer the question ‘Why do you
have so many animals?’ from people who will never
know the joy of being loved unconditionally by the
closest thing to an angel they will ever encounter.
……………………………..How EMPTY my life would be!!!