March 26, 2009
I don’t get it, really, I don’t. “What” you ask? I’m talking about the whole “breaking up with your dog” situation. I’ve heard that old song, “Breaking up is hard to do.” But I guess when it comes to many of you human-folk deciding you don’t want a dog any longer, you just decide to end the relationship and “break up” with us… And when you say “It’s me, it’s not you.” I believe it! And, I completely agree… it is you!
- Do you honestly have the time? It takes more than a couple of ten minute walks around the neighborhood…especially if we’re young and energetic.
- Are you willing to rearrange your current schedule and lifestyle to make the time for a pet?
- Are you financially able to take care of the most basic needs of a pet? This includes food, health care, shelter, collar, bed, license, legally required vaccinations? Multiply these items by days/months/years, depending upon the item/service and lifetime of the pet. Remember, this doesn’t even include the “fun stuff” like training classes, toys, treats, an extra bed, crate, car seat, etc…
- Are you able to adapt to any other changes that might occur throughout the lifetime of your pet? What if you have to move? Change jobs? Get married, divorced, have human kids, take a vacation?