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.
I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted - without taking into consideration how much space several bodies of fur would need to get comfortable.
I would not have any strange presents under my Christmas tree - dog bones, stuffed animals, toys and 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 grandkids 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 and barriers.
My house would not look like a day care center with 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, w-a-l-k, t-r-e-a-t, t-o-y or r-i-d-e.
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 the “muddy” 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 are loved unconditionally by something as close to an angel as they will ever get.
If I didn’t have dogs................How empty my life would be!