Saturday, 20 August 2011
Don't you love that just when you're ready to go somewhere in a white dress, the dog is covered in mud and refusing to do as he's told, so you have to pick him up?
Pets are a total pain - they're extra work when I'm not well, they limit the houses available for my family to rent, they make it hard to go on holidays and pet food and vet bills are an extra drain on the budget. I got them for the kids, but I'm the one who looks after them.
So why keep them?
Well, sometimes, they're also a comfort. The dog lying on my feet when my feet are cold is a comfort. And at nap time, my elderly arthritic dog understands completely and lies down beside me. The cat who yowls and demands, also leans against sore joints and purrs, massaging and warming. On days when I don't have the energy to go anywhere or do anything, they're happy to just sit with me and keep me company.