Tuesday, May 15, 2012
puppy love & the BLOW OFF
Posted by saaara
And it is. Our little pup completely depends on us for food and bathroom breaks. She's young, so she wants attention and someone to play with. We still crate her when we leave the house, so that means we can't be away from home for more than four consecutive hours at a time cause her bladder wouldn't like it. In the process, we've totally turned into those dog people that talk about our pet like she's our child. She sleeps in bed with us. We show strangers pictures of her. We basically spend all our evenings staring at her and gushing about how cute she is. And we're totally part of the dog community in our neighborhood. Yes, there's an actual dog community. I know all of my neighbors that have dogs now. I don't really know their names, but I don't need to as long as I know their dogs names. I never truly understood the bond people have with their pets, but now I know, it's legit.
I'm glad none of my old bfs had dogs for me to bond with, because it would have been that much sadder to say good bye to them and their pet. I know a few people that really bonded with their significant other's cat or dog and had a harder time parting ways with the animal than the ex. My cousin and her old boyfriend got a dog together and part of the reason she avoided breaking up with him and moving out of their place was because she would miss the dog. She knew she couldn't exactly be the one to leave him and take the dog too. After their relationship ended, she missed the dog way more than the boyfriend. I once helped a friend move out of a boyfriend's apartment and she was totally stoic the whole time, until his cat looked at her with its big cat eyes and she burst into tears. I also know couples who have shared custody of their pets after their relationship came to an end. I'm guessing in most of these scenarios, the break up was as cordial as possible. If it were me-- I'd be like "you will never see your precious dog again, asshole!" I even know a couple who rescued a dog together, broke up, shared custody of the dog, and eventually got back together. I like to think it was the dog that brought them back together.
So, I guess getting a pet together isn't the worst idea-- especially since you don't have to be married to know you are going to spend the rest of your life with someone. And like everyone says, it's good training for if and when you have kids. It sort of makes you even more terrified at the prospect of having children. The best thing about pets-- they can't grow up to tell you they hate you and slam the door on your face.