I am on a quest.
It has been about two years now that we have been pet free. My other half and I are starting to feel like we need the companionship of a four legged something.
Now don’t get me wrong, we have pets in the house, but they are not the type that you really interact with on a one to one basis.
They are fun to watch, they are amusing in their antics, they do keep us amused to a point, but they seem to fall just a little bit short of the “ideal” pet.
Our home, is also home to Convict Cicilids, we have at least 20 to 24 of them in all sizes from babies right up to our “Grand Daddy” who is 4 years old. We also have 12 Koi and two goldfish and and a Rosy or two in our outdoor pond.
But, as I said before, they seem to fall just a little short of the ideal pet. Our interaction with them comes when we feed them. They are excited for the flakes, that fall from their sky and once they have eaten them all up, it’s back to their usual disregard of us.
You really can’t talk to them or walk with them, you can’t snuggle and coax them onto your lap like you could with a dog or cat. And therein is where the discussion begins.
What’s the new pet going to look like? Other than having four legs and a tail (or maybe not), fur and eyes with will melt your heart, we are at a loss.
Will this be a pet that barks or one that meows? We are really torn. In the past we have had both. At one time we had a dog and three cats all of which got along famously. Both of us agree, that it will be one, or the other, this time.
So, our thinking goes something like this: a cat is self sufficient, give it a litter box and food and the cat is pretty happy. It will ignore it’s human when it doesn’t want to be bothered and will sometimes even get nasty if you don’t leave it alone. When it wants you, it will make itself known to the point of distraction.
A dog on the other hand, needs to be walked, groomed and played with on a regular basis, making it much more dependent on it’s humans. It is also so much more likely to want to be in your company for whatever reason or no reason at all. It will just “be” with you, making no demands as well.
Both will love you unconditionally, and both will be upset if you leave them with strangers for any length of time. Both will act in unacceptable ways if they are not happy.
Cats can tear apart your clothing, do nasty things in your shoes and make a mess everywhere if you are not there.
Dogs can tear apart a couch, eat your shoes and socks, soil on the floor or rugs and a host of other unacceptable behaviours, if you are not there.
Now don’t get me wrong, we don’t plan on getting a pet and then leaving them alone, but sometimes we like to go out for a few hours and come back home again. Hopefully we find everything as we left it, with none of the aforementioned surprises.
So Which way do we go?
I’m taking a VOTE! Make your voice heard! let me know if you think it should be a
I will post updates as the Votes come in.