I have been a pet owner nearly all my life, but there are some things about pets that still have managed to surprise me. Of course, none of these things would keep me from having pets though!
#1 A Life of Covered or Leather Furniture
Cats and dogs shed. And then it sticks in your furniture. Their nails easily catch and scratch fabric. See that chair? It is a beautiful textured custom chosen fabric. I adore it. I paid way too much money for it. What the heck was I thinking?!?!?! The photo was taken the day that it arrived. It was then promptly covered up. It now lives in a padded chair cover and blankets so that the dogs will not damage it.
#2 Never Pee Alone
I am never alone. There is always a dog following me, so unless I sneak in and shut the door, I never pee alone. Even then, the dog stays right outside the door. Good thing I am not shy!
#3 Baths Happen More Often Than Planned
Dogs love the following: dirt, mud, goose poop, toad poop, rabbit poop, their own poop, skunk spray, puddles, mulch, sand, rotting leaves, and anything smelly or sticky. Mine can find the one little square of rotten decayed matter in the yard and manage to completely coat themselves in it. Something my dogs don’t love: Baths. So I get to bathe dirty, grumpy, and sort of uncooperative dogs rather often.
#4 Sleep is Overrated
When the dogs sleep with me, they take over the bed, pushing me into an uncomfortable corner. They also put out a ton of heat! That is fine in winter but not so great in summer. Then they wake up at 5am. Sometimes, Eve climbs onto the nightstand. When they don’t sleep with me, they still wake up at 5am.
#5 We Don’t Get Enough Time With Them
Our pets can’t be with us forever and how ever long we get is never long enough. I never knew the powerful difficulty of anticipatory grief until I had my first sick pet. It is hard to see them go, but yet so worth having our short time together.