You know those cheesy Purina Cat Chow commercials where they lead in with a dialogue that goes something like, “He’s your everything. He’s your pride and joy, and he deserves the best”? And then it turns out that it’s a commercial about a white fluffy cat that looks like a female, and is not actually about a human baby?
Yeah, well, that’s basically how I feel about my dog.
And, frankly, this is how we should all feel about our furry friends.
I’m not going to sit here and lecture anybody on the proper care and treatment of their pets, but I will leave you with a couple of things to think about, for those of you who have a pet or are considering adopting one.
It really doesn’t matter what kind of animal it is.. Fish, dog, cat, horse, hamster – you name it – it needs to be cared for, and properly. Please, please, please do not adopt a pet if you do not have the time or the motivation to take care of it. Animals that live in a habitat need them cleaned, regularly (i.e. aquarium, cage); dogs and horses need to be exercised and bathed; cats need their litterboxes cleaned.
And listen, I’m preaching to the choir here because I have totally been that girl who wanted a dog sooooo badly but didn’t think about the repercussions. I wanted a Chihuahua that I could take everywhere with me in my purse like Paris Hilton (I know, I know.. SO cliche). But I was in college and smack dab in the middle of a full time school schedule and a full time party schedule. Not to mention I wasn’t exactly made of money. I could barely afford to keep the poor dog alive. Luckily a close friend of mine and her husband adopted him and have given him a way better home than I could have (in fact, they now live in SoCal close to the ocean and he is the happiest little camper).
But let that be a lesson to everyone who is considering adopting. Really, really think about whether or not you are responsible enough to care for another being. There is not always a happy ending for them like there was for my Chihuahua. Too often they end up getting surrendered to shelters and they live out their lives in a tiny little cage.
On the flip side, if you have the time to care for a pet, make sure that, prior to adopting, you do your research on breeds, vet fees, things like that. While it is expensive to have a pet, it is a lot cheaper to pay for preventative care than it is to pay for a sick animal.
Now, I do work full-time, but Bella is three-years-old now and has become accustomed to my schedule. She knows that she goes potty in the morning, gets fed, and goes back to bed until five when I get home. And then we go and play, she gets fed again, and she’s as happy as a clam. It wasn’t always that easy, and in fact it took a lot of work and training to get her to this point, but at the end of the day it’s very rewarding and so worth spending the extra time, energy and money to have her as my constant companion.
All I’m asking is that you do your research, do your math, make sure you have every tiny bit of information you could possibly need before you make any final decisions. Your [future] pet will thank you.
– The Blonde (& Bella)