Today one of my on-going projects was to continue to paint the kitchen dining area. As I was taping it off I got to the bottom of the window ledges, which in our home are only about 10 inches off the floor. I'm not down there very often and certainly not in the space "behind" the kitchen table. But the dogs are. Especially the long haired Golden mix dog. It's where she lays while we have dinner and she's hoping maybe it's a night where we are serving steak or pork chops and she and her sister get to share the excess joy of meat when we are finished.
While I apply paint tape to the white window trim I see where the oils from her coat have rubbed up against the white paint and made it an ugly brown. Ah, lucky me. It's time for me to go around to the 4 huge windows in that room and scrub all the trim work and baseboards. Again. As I do about every few months or so.
All part of the joys of having dogs.
And that is how this post was born.
We have two dogs and two cats. (And sometimes fish, hamsters, snakes, hermit crabs, etc.) But mostly dogs and cats. Our dogs are 5 years old now and our cats are 14 years old.
As I finished taping I thought about the friends and family of mine who have expressed an interest in having pets but don't yet. I pictured them standing in front of me and I said to myself as if I was talking to them; "The idea of a dog or a cat is sometimes better than having a dog or a cat."
|I was taping off window trim to paint the wall when I saw I needed to scrub baseboards and window trim again - where the dog lays|
Since I had my cellphone with me I snapped a picture of the window trim I will be scrubbing tomorrow and then got the idea that I should just walk around the house, looking around and brainstorming some things that people might not think about when they are making the decision to get a dog or cat.....
Things people DO think about (usually) and take into account might be:
- The cost of dog food and cat foods along with some toys and snacks
- Vet bills - including any required annual shots
- Walking the dog
- Feeding the cats and dogs
- Cleaning the kitty litter box
And sometimes that is as far as the thought process goes.
So this post is to help point out just a FEW of the other things you should probably consider...
Things people MIGHT NOT take into account when deciding to bring a dog or cat into their home:
|Cats and dogs rub up against walls as they walk around them - which leaves oils to discolor them.|
|One of our cats loves to rub up against this particular corner! This is the wall trim where she rubs daily.|
|DOG HAIR. Prepare to vacuum EVERY DAY or at LEAST every OTHER DAY.|
|Doggy beds and other doggy things take up space - make sure you have a place for them.|
|Kennels for puppy-hood, kennel training (potty training) and etc. Ours are grown now but LOVE their stupid kennel so we have to keep it up for them. It's their safe and happy place. It's an eye-sore but they would be sad if we took it down.|
|One of our dogs LOVES to slide down next to this couch and rub against it. The last couch she liked to use her nails on it! This one just has to go through discoloration as she loves to lay there - resting against it.|
|Oh look! Someone ate too fast, threw up their cat food this morning and ate it again. Leaving just the nice stain for me to clean.|
|The deck. The poor, poor deck that we have to repaint every year because the dogs (large dogs) nails gouge it when they run and leap off the dog or run back to the deck to come in from being outside playing. Poor wood.|
|Finding a place for your dog food bowls and water bowls. (Cats too although our cats bowls are in the laundry room)|
|Sometimes rugs can never recover from stains and the cleaners used to treat them.|
|Yes dog and cat food adds up in cost - but you also need to make sure you have a place to keep it. Especially with big dogs. You'll go through quite a bit of food.|
|EVERYTHING REVOLVES AROUND THE "OUT" SCHEDULE. Morning time potty, breakfast, 5:30 potty, dinner time, don't forget to let the dogs out before bed! Hurry home from errands, etc. because "we gotta let the dogs out" becomes a part of life.|
|A permanent indentation and fur collection spot as one of our cats LOVES to lay in this spot every day/night.|
|Look what I found! GREAT timing for this blog post. A hair ball I didn't even know they deposited in the spare room.|
|Gotta have a place for the dogs to 'do their business' and prepare to do 'dog dootie' picking it up. If you don't you WILL step in it and regret it.|
|Nails. Either clipping yourself or taking them into be clipped and groomed. Either way. Regular grooming is a must.|
As I mentioned above, our dogs are 5 years old and our cats are 14. That is another thing to keep in mind. Pets live a long time. As a matter of fact, we had a Betta Fish that lived 8 YEARS. Some people are lucky if theirs lives 8 weeks... ours was 8 years - that's crazy long for a Betta. And our cats are so healthy and active (still! at 14 years old!) that I'm pretty sure they are never going to die. They are immortal. ;)
OK! Well now that I've given you just a FEW things to think about that perhaps you didn't consider... (and there are more, I didn't get to all of them) if you can still say "You know, I'm cool with all that..." then YES YOU ARE READY TO HAVE A CAT AND OR DOGS! Congratulations! :)
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