Ever since I was a wee girl I have longed for a dog. I remember asking repetitively every day, for months on end as I was growing up for a dog. Every single time my dad’s response was simply ‘no’. No explanation as to why, just ‘no’. I didn’t really understand what the problem was when I was a child because so many of our friends had them, why couldn’t we? As I’ve grown up though I realise that my dad is absolutely petrified of them but he just won’t admit this.
It’s funny because every time he said no I would automatically think to myself, ‘as soon I grow up I’m getting one!’ However at 33 years old, here I am still without a pup. My longing for a dog has not lessened throughout the years and I still want one just as much, if not more than I did when I was growing up. However owning a dog is such a big responsibility and this is why I haven’t let myself get one. We lived in a flat, we both working long hours, I worked in a highly stressful and unpredictable job so it just wouldn’t have been fair on the poor thing.
However my last day at work is on Friday (2 days!) and I am planning on taking a significant amount of time off to pursue other passions. So in line with my ‘let’s make 2017 a year of being happy and doing things I’ve previously been too nervous to do’….
I’m getting a dog 🙂
I will be home full time with it to ensure it settles, is looked after and is trained well. If we do need to go out for more than a couple of hours I have researched local dog walkers and local doggie home boarders and we have a few nearby who have had excellent reviews from dog owners who have used them. I would definitely pay for someone to spend time him/her if we needed to because they’re such sociable beings and I would imagine that being left alone for hours on end would be pretty difficult for them.
I have put a lot of thought into what breed we should get. Hubby desperately wants a collie but they’re such energetic dogs that we have agreed that we will get a collie later on in life when we inevitably move to Scotland and there’s much more space for the frantic thing to run around in! So we have decided that now the right sort of dog for us would be a labradoodle. They are such beautiful and friendly dogs and are great with children which is important as we’re hoping to start a family at some point in the near future… (that’s a whole other topic of conversation!)
Do you own or know anyone who owns a labradoodle?