How much is that doggie in the window?

I wanted a dog real bad. I have, since childhood, wanted a dog real bad. When I was younger, the condition was that if I kept my room clean for 2 months straight, then I could talk to my mom about it. As on any given day there was rarely carpet showing amidst my books and clothes and other teen accessories that was basically my mother’s way of saying no, but making it my ‘fault’.

So, she bought be a goldfish. When it died, we got gerbils. When they died, we bought a hedgehog. And by the time it died, I’d gone off to college. And, in college, I was lucky I was able to take care of bathtub.

Moving into my own apartment recently gave me a freedom high. I admit, paying rent and managing my savings account led to a rush of blood to the head. Such a large rush, in fact, that I temporarily thought I could handle a lil pup. The past few Saturdays, I’ve taken to wandering the streets, serendipitously finding myself in front of pet shops. Gazing at the four legged wee ones, I though which one I would, no, I was, going to pick. I even thought of names, like Almodovar (after one of my favorite directors), Galway (my favorite city) or Walnut (ah, cute!). The possibilities were endless.

Thankfully, my mother has the ability to make dreams come crashing down with a single phone call. Who’s going to walk it when you’re at work? What have your roommates said? Do you plan on neutering it?

The worst part is, she was right. I can’t care for a dog right now and probably not for years to come. Not because I wouldn’t love it enough, I would, but because it wouldn’t be fair to Sir Lancelot, Bucko, or Stephen Colbert, Jr. Jr. And, because, in the words of philosopher Don Henley, “sometimes love just ain’t enough.”

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I've lived in apartments in 6 cities (including 2 foreign countries). Does that make me an expert? As of now, my ceiling isn't leaking and I don't have rodents (knock on wood) -- so I'm going to say yes . . . but ask me again tomorrow:) These days, I'm enjoying life Chicago style, but my years in Brooklyn are never far from my mind. P.S. By day I work at, but these opinions are totally, 100% my own.

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  1. Avatar Sassy

    In all honestly Alissa, who do you know that owns a dog that can actually spend less than 4 hours away from it during a day, and not feel they are neglecting them?

    The truth of the matter is that MANY single people with full-time & part-time jobs own dogs. And they aren’t neglecting their animals as a result of this. I myself own a shih tzu and she is 4 mo. I work full-time and I’m in law school part-time in the evenings. I walk her early in the morning when I get up and after work before I go to class. I have my bathroom set up as a play pin during the day so she doesn’t get injured while unattended. And I have spoken to other dog owners and even the breeder I bought her from, and they all assured me that this was an acceptable method to follow. I also have friends with dogs and eventhough most are small or toy dogs which don’t require alot of outdoor activities, they all use similar methods of making things work out, b/c everyone works. Owning a dog requires you to work b/c after all you have to pay for the little ones so you have to. I honestly think most of them are in heaven with the right amount of toys and food to get them through the day. And whenever you have a moment to devote just to them, just play, play, play, until they fall out and you will have yourself one healthy, happy pup, in my honest opinion!

    I think if you owned a dog you would learn to adjust and make him or her very happy. Go with your own instincts and if you want to get a dog, get one and work it out.