My daughter and I found her, running scared and skinny, in the street. She is now registered with Friends for Life, a fabulous animal rescue, and we are her foster family.
I have been thinking about people and dogs.
First, don't even get me started on the piece of shit who dumped our puppy off to die alone.
And I understand people sometimes have practical considerations: they live in an apartment and need someone small or they have a child and need someone super-calm.
But so many have crap ideas. They want a "guard dog." A surprising number think a dog should live outside, loose or maybe on a short chain its whole life. Many think having a dog is like owning a doll.
Never had a dog before? Here’s what you need to know:
They do not make your life easier. You will need to run home to let them out. You will be out in the weather with them, even when you don’t feel like it. You need to teach them manners, which, no matter what the TV shows say, is an imperfect process. Even guide dogs, the most highly trained dogs on the planet, have been known to make messes where they shouldn’t. Dogs chew things, tip over garbage cans, tremble under (or preferably in) your bed during thunderstorms. They have personalities and their own ideas.
Don’t get a dog to intimidate people.
Don’t get one to match your decor.
Or to teach your children how onerous it is to be responsible for someone else.
Dogs are innocent beings who just want to love you with their whole heart.
If you think you can hold up your end in that relationship, then get a dog.