I ran across this the other day while browsing the web:
If I Didn’t Have Dogs…
I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair.When the doorbell rings, it wouldn’t sound like a kennel.I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.I would not have strange presents under my Christmas tree — dog bones, stuffed animals, toys, treats nor would I have to explain to people why I wrap them.I would have money …. and no guilt to go on a real vacation.I would not be on a first-name basis with 4 veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grand kids through college.The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave him/her/it ALONE.My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.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-, F-R-I-S-B-E- E, W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T, B-I-K-E OR C-A-R.I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.I’d 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 do not have the joy in their lives of knowing they areloved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.If I didn’t have dogs…………….How empty my life would be.
This makes me really compare my life before and after Chester (and my beloved late George), I absolutely enjoy my life as a dog owner...besides Chester does not complain about my cooking so he is well worth the sacrifice!