I don't want anyone to misunderstand my love for my animals but honestly, sometimes I wonder WHY ARE WE KEEPING THESE CREATURES!
When I think of all the money we pour into our pets I can understand why some people think pet owners are nuts. There are the vet bills, the special food (for the cat's urinary problems) the treats and toys, the food, the blankets and leashes, the food, the dishes and collars, and the food! I sometimes think that though I don't spend much money on clothing, jewelry or make-up, my luxury items are my pets and I spend a wallop on them!!
Then there is the effort that it takes to have animals. The dog has to be walked at least once a day, hopefully twice (for Choco, hopefully three times!) I constantly check out the window to see if Choco is sleeping peacefully or else I'm shushing her up and telling her to sleep peacefully! The cats have to be given equal share of love and petting and they demand attention time when I'm cooking, teaching, and sewing! Do I even mention the amount of vacuuming I do, the cat balls on the stairs, the three cat boxes?
Then there is the damage control! Choco barks too much so we have to find a place where she won't disturb the neighbors. She digs so we buy gravel and part of Tetsu's morning routine is to refill the holes Choco has made the day before. She rips up blankets and pillows that we provide for her comfort so there is yard clean-up.
And the cats! You cannot believe how we have to do fix-up for the cats! They've scratched furniture so that everything has to be hidden under throw covers. They completely put holes in the walls. (I got to put in paneling to hide the damage!) They "ate" a hole in the linoleum when we locked them up in the bathroom one time (I had someone put in a new floor for me!) And to this day, the cats continue to attack the corners of all the rooms so Tetsu has put up interesting wooden slats that cover the scratched away areas. The slats are inter-changeable so when one piece of wood is destroyed we can just hammer up a new piece of wood. I'm not saying we've done this all last week. These are projects and problems that we've "solved" over the years. You can see that for our family at least, having animals leads to a lot of headaches.
This weekend I felt sorry for Choco because as it turns colder she is left in a yard that gets no sun.
"Tetsu, don't you think you could move her doghouse a little so that she can enjoy the sun for part of the day?" So he moved and I directed.
"No, put the house on the other side of the kennel. How about bricks in front of the dog house so that she has a terrace? Maybe you should cut back the tree so that she gets more light. Are you sure she isn't going to get wet if it rains?"
Tetsu was grumbling that I spend a lot more time thinking about the comfort of our animals than I do about his.
For all of that I wouldn't be without a dog or cat (or two or three or four or five) for all the money in the world. They bring a smile to my face on the gloomiest days and I really believe animals have calming powers! (Tell me that when I'm out chasing Choco or yelling at a cat to stay away from the dinner table!)