The holiday season is here and although you may have bought your kids 614 stuffed animals, a Chinese Dwarf hamster and even promised a kitten - YOUR KIDS WANT A DOG!
Take it from someone who has 2 dogs and 2 kids – if you do it right, family life with a dog is REALLY fab!
But is it right for you??? Well, here comes the naked truth... 😳
It all comes down to one question – the same one you’d tell your friend to ask them self if they were thinking of having a baby: Are you ready for YOUR LIFE TO CHANGE?
Just like having a child, you have to factor your dog into EVERY part of your day.
But if the majority of the answers are ‘NO’ – a new dog is probably not on your horizon. NO guilt. In fact, feel good that you’re making a responsible choice now. Celebrate with a coffee (or hey, even something more extravagant - you just saved a whole bunch of cash!) and secretly smile as you watch other people walking their dogs in the rain.
OK... here come the scary questions:
PUPPIES TAKE A LOT OF TIME.
Think: house training, puppy classes, proper socialization and constant supervision.**Is this the year you’ll be happy to schedule your life around your dog? Y/N
DOGS AREN’T CHEAP.
Bills will come from the vet, groomer, dog walker, boarding kennel and the pet store!**Are you sure you won’t freak out when they arrive? Y/N
GET READY TO GET OUTSIDE.
Dogs need a minimum of 1hr of exercise every day. And sometimes it gets muddy!(Proof above. Thanks Bethany Rose Photography for the epic shot).**It’s pouring with rain outside, are you ready with your wellie boots on? Y/N
DOGS MAKE MISTAKES.
They chew stuff that you treasure.**Are you happy to stay up all night on ebay searching for an exact replica of your kid’s favorite ‘blankie’ after your dog rips it to shreds (and still love your pup in the morning)? Y/N
LASSIE ISN’T REAL.
Kids and dogs don’t naturally know how to behave around each other, and home life can get a tad crazy.**Do you have the time and energy to train them all? Y/N
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
Yucky stuff *can* happen - like your dog being hit by car, starting to growl at your kids or deciding he’s afraid of all men except your husband.**Are you ready to pony up the time, effort and money to fix something like that? Y/N
THE-PARENT-AT-HOME-THE-MOST DOES ALL THE WORK.
Yes, kids may help (a little), partners may help (sometimes) but at the end of the day it’s really on you!**Are you willing to meditate away the resentment, put on your happy face and just get on with it? Y/N
You’ve probably got the picture by now - getting a dog is really no different to having another child.
So, before you pull the trigger, make absolutely sure you’re ready.
Guaranteed, that cute little ball of fur will bring your family SO MUCH JOY... just be sure to remind yourself of that at 3am when you’re standing in your pjs, shin-deep in snow, waiting for him to pee (again!!!)
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