I just don't roll like that. I'm from the school of, 'If I didn't give birth to it, I'm not going to clean up it's shit'.
Of course (because I am Damned), my children adore animals. Olivia writes little essays about how her life is not complete because she does not have a pet. Maxine literally convulses with delight every time we see a dog or cat on a walk. We visited a pet shop the other day and Rose pouted for hours afterward from being denied her request for, 'an animal for her room, any animal'. Elijah is a little more nervous around dogs than the Olivia or Max, but he's constantly pretending to be a puppy, complete with panting, butt shaking, licking and barking.
Jeremiah also loves animals. And because I am Damned, like I mentioned previously, he loves cats in particular.
Which means I am eventually going to have to add 'care for an animal's needs' to my already bursting at the seams list of chores and duties. If I have to take one for the team (There is No 'I' in team, but there is an 'I' in dogshit), I would prefer getting a dog.
I know you're thinking this is a crazy speak, but I grew up with a lovely dog who was in my life for 18 years. I have never liked another animal as much since, and although she was a huge pain in the ass at times, she was really a part of our family.
So here are my criteria for the type of dog I would be kind of sort of okay with.
- Big enough to withstand my offsprings' youthful enthusiasm, small enough to pick up, sturdy enough for outside activity.
- Little to no shedding. And I know that there is no such thing as a hypo-allergenic dog, but the closer to that impossible status, the better.
- A smart, easy to train dog, but not too smart that it's constantly going to get away with sneaky things all the time. Like Max.
- Cute. Very cute. It really has to be worth the extra effort and I want to show it off on walks etc...etc... Like Max.
- An even temper. My kids will be all over this thing. All over.
Any suggestions? Salutations? Ideas for a more efficient way to make my life a living hell?