i want a dog. like, really, really want a dog. my boyfriend (slash roommate) Noel and i have talked through and through the idea. but reason has ruled and won out every time - how much time can we really devote? do really want to come home at 6 p.m. nightly for the next 16 years to feed a pet, starting now? what about vacations, longer trips, moving? these reasonable questions can go on and on. we also live in an apartment in a downtown area - near parks and trails, but nonetheless, living five stories from green grass is a consideration when you’re going out for dog potty breaks at 6 a.m.
still, the longing to have a pet remains. we’ve talked about fish, cats. none compare to the fun and excitement of a dog. so, what to do?
after looking all over petfinder.com this week, i ran across a website for Schnauzer rescues in Northern California. if you’re trying to recall what a Schnauzer looks like, you might’ve guessed right: the perpetually grumpy-looking, bearded, German terrier breeds. i grew up with two - a silver, stubborn champ named Guido and a black whimp but love of a dog named Scooter. admittedly, the differences in character might’ve had something to do with their names. they were some of the best dogs we’ve had, aside from a Huskie mix that easily takes the ‘best dog ever’ cake.
so, with a long-ingrained affinity for Schnauzers, i simply fell for this website. it wasn’t a terribly fair fight - here is one of their rescues waiting for a home:
i know, right. the website is mscnc.com, in case you’ve just fallen a bit in love. my temporary and very rationale solution to our puppy woes? fostering a dog! i look at it a bit like becoming an aunt - you can spoil and help with diapers, but at the end of the day, the baby is handed back over to the appropriate, long-term committed party. plus, we help a dog while they transition into an adopted home.
pitched the idea to my boyfriend this weekend…results still pending.