Friday Question of the Day – Do you have a Pet?

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Another just cause I’m curious one this week. Can’t believe I’ve never asked this one in all these years – nice and easy – do you have a pet? Dog, cat, other? Did you have a pet growing up? I’ve got a 20 gallon fish tank with tropical fish and a fearless cat named Dingo. I have to admit though that lately I have an itch for a dog… What about you guys?

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  • Why yes, thanks for asking! Let me show you a picture of my dog. Here he is sleeping. And here he is with his Halloween costume. And oh, look at this one in the bathtub. Here’s one from a hike in Shenandoah. Here’s another where he is playing fetch. He loves car rides, so I took this one with his head out the window…..

  • Blithe

    I don’t have a pet. Fortunately I have kind friends who are willing to schedule me in for play dates with theirs.

  • Female pitbull 8yrs.

  • I’ve grown up with pets (dogs, cats, and fish–and there was that one year my sister really liked hamsters or gerbils or something small that smelled bad). I adopted my first cat before moving down to DC. After she passed away at an early age due to a heart defect, I adopted a beautiful black cat, but she wasn’t happy living with us, so we gave her back to Homeward Trails (turns out she fell in love with a foster family’s cat and lived happily ever after!). We’ve got two buff-orange brother and sister cats who are completely insane and adorable. We took in another cat off the street who was very challenging medically/behaviorally, but turned out to be a great emotional investment.

    Owning pets isn’t for everyone, and I get that. I wouldn’t force anyone to play with my cats, adopt their own, or shove it down their throats (I think that earlier comment is directed at dog owners who take their unleashed/untrained dog *everywhere*). When people visit my house, however, they usually expect to leave with their clothes covered in cat fur πŸ™‚ They knew that before coming over!

    • Thank you for your reasonable, responsible attitude towards having pets. I grew up with pets, but never really bonded with them. I don’t hate them–they just don’t do much for me positive or negative. I respect and appreciate that they bring so many others so much joy, but only really get annoyed when folks convince themselves that their precious pet must bring EVERYONE just as much happiness.

  • Get a dog! Dogs are awesome, so much unconditional love.

  • I really like dogs and some cats. My wife and I would love a dog but I just don’t understand how people who travel a decent amount on weekends and don’t work from home handle/afford having a dog. Aren’t dog walkers essentially a “must” and cost like $15 a day? That’s ~$3k annually just to keep them active.

    • binpetworth

      This is precisely why I don’t have a dog, though I love dogs and cats equally. Especially as a single person, I can’t imagine having to both shell out money for daily walkers and rearrange my schedule to be home within a certain time frame to accommodate letting a dog out. So forgive me, neighbors, for being over-enthusiastic when I run into your cute dogs on the street and want to hug and cuddle them.

    • It depends. I have two older dogs and they are fine during the day without a walker. The caveat is I have a very predictable work schedule and rarely if ever have to stay late so it makes it a lot easier. On days when I do work from home, they barely get off the couch and sleep most of the day anyway lol. We also don’t really travel that much but when we do, we have an in-home sitter that stays at the house with the dogs (this costs $70 a day, so not cheap, but less than boarding two dogs).
      Now if you’re talking a puppy, yes, it is much harder and would require either working from home or getting a dog walker. Personally, I’d much rather adopt a dog who is three years or older- a lot less headache and you’re saving a “less adoptable” dog!

      • I have a similar experience. I have a walker come a couple of times a week but my dog never seems too pleased to have his naps interrupted and usually doesn’t go to the bathroom (based on the reports I get from the walker). My work schedule is also pretty predictable and he stays with my parents when we travel– we also pet sit for my parents when they travel.

      • epric002

        i think it really depends on the dog. grouchy cogri has a spare bladder somewhere and has held it w/no problem (her choice) for 12ish hours a few times. formerly foster puppy pees like a racehorse every time he goes outside, no matter how long since the last time he’d gone out. both of mine do really enjoy their mid-day dog walker though, and i like the peace of mind of not having to rush home after work.

  • We have had two dogs in our time living in the DC area – one unfortunately passed away due to a genetic disease not long after we adopted him, and we’ve had our current dog for 3 years now. When we decided to get a dog, though, we realized the value of having a car to take him to whatever vet we chose and to easily get him to parks and to also take him with us when we go visit family instead of boarding him. That’s when we left DC and moved to Arlington, for a bit more green space and to make it easier/cheaper to own and park a car (since we just rent, don’t own). So much respect for those of you who figure it out without a car, we just weren’t willing to put in the effort.
    Side note – our Jack Russell Terrier is about four years old and still crazy energetic. If anyone out there also has a terrier breed and ever wants to set up play dates let me know!!

    • epric002

      have you tried using a flirt pole to tire out your pup? best thing ever!

      • Tiny dog LOVES the flirt pole (aka the giant cat toy in our house).

        • epric002

          πŸ™‚ flirt pole is the best, most underused toy/exercise for energetic dogs in the city.

          • It’s great! Our trainer recommended it as a way to give the pup a job since he is supposed to be a rodent dog. Apparently if he feels like he has a job, he will be more receptive to training than when he feels like he is in lazy retirement mode.

          • epric002

            can tiny dog wear/carry a backpack? i’ve also heard that recommended for dogs who need a job. fomerly foster puppy just got one and he (surprisingly) doesn’t mind it, so now when we go to the park to frisbee he carrys his own toys, water bottle, and bowl. i’m excited to take him hiking for reals with it πŸ™‚

          • I don’t think our tiny dog would be very happy wearing a backpack, but the mental image of it totally makes me smile πŸ™‚

          • I don’t think our tiny dog would be very happy wearing a backpack, but the mental image of it totally makes me smile πŸ™‚

      • Hmm we haven’t, no…we have issues with him playing with toys in general though so I’m not sure how it would work. He was chained outside for the first year of his life with zero dog or human interaction, so it took him almost a year to understand what toys were and that our hands are NOT toys. Now when he plays with toys, he wants us to chase him while he runs away with them, and then play tug of war with them…but I will order one from Amazon and give it a shot!

  • No option for multiple pets. Right now we have 2 dogs – 1 is ours and 1 we’re long-term pet-sitting AND a cat. So much furry love!

  • We have one old man dog (going deaf, blind, and arthritic) must be about 14 years old (he is a rescue so we don’t really know) and one younger dog who will likely need to euthanized soon due to a degenerative genetic condition πŸ™

  • 3 dogs and 2 cats. I think it is funny when they nap at the same time.
    Growing up I’ve had fish, turtles, birds, hamsters and rabbits (as well as dogs and cats). The turtles had free range of the house and loved to swim in the tub.

  • Mootje1

    I don’t have a dog here. πŸ™ I’ve always had dogs growing up, my parents still have three, and I would LOVE to have one (or two). But… I travel too much (fiance lives overseas, family lives up north), and I simply can’t handle dog-walking, boarding and vet costs on a single salary with student loans and a mortgage.

    So, if ever a creepy girl smiles at your pup and with a “hi puppy!” while you’re out walking, it’s probably me getting my fix. πŸ™‚

    • binpetworth

      Ha ha! I posted nearly the same thing. Hopefully we don’t inundate the same people with our creepy enthusiasm πŸ™‚

      • Mootje1

        Hahaha! I don’t know about you, but my biggest issue is when I forget there’s usually someone attached to the other end of the leash… So after engrossing myself into giving some love to the pups, I realize I should probably look up and say hi. Oops! πŸ™‚

        • Hah! This happens all the time when I’m walking my dog and I don’t care at all. I do the same thing when I see a cute dog. I’m obsessed with bulldogs and when I see one, there is no chance of me looking up beyond the dog.

    • I also grew up in a multiple pet household but cannot afford a dog on a single person’s salary (hence I own a cat), but I recently started volunteering for a rescue organization to “get my fix.” If you have the time, I recommend it. I love getting out and running with some pups on the weekend and helping them move on towards their forever homes.
      Just a reminder, though, please please please always ask before running up to a stranger’s dog. Not only is it frustrating when you are trying to train your dogs not to jump over everyone that walks by but you never know the temperament of the dog.

  • Pablo Raw

    Team #noandIdon’twantto; nothing personal but it is better for pets not to be owned by me. Or plants. I have plants in my condo but they are plastic and they seem to be ok so far.

  • I have two cats. I’d love to get a dog but I know it would create too much conflict with the ‘kids’. They are old men and set in their ways so I don’t want to upset them. Yes, I’m a sucker and I embrace it!

  • Have a great mini dachshund, as you all know, and thinking about getting a second mini dachshund as a companion for him. I’d highly recommend getting one — although people say it’s hard to stop at just one and I now see why!

  • anonymouse_dianne

    I have been involved in animal rescue for a long time, starting with breed rescue (Bengal and Abyssinian cats) and have been active with the No Kill Conference for 5 years now. I have two cats, both purebreds, and both breeder “discards”. Both required driving to Richmond as the breeders are in NC. I would love to get a dog, preferably a female pit bull. My condo has no breed restrictions or pet limits which was a major buyer incentive for me. I’m not sure how I’d handle walks, etc as I’ve never had a dog. Growing up we had a dog, a yard, and Siamese cats. So I say I am looking for a boyfriend with a dog πŸ˜‰

  • Quotia Zelda

    Growing up, we always had a lot of cats and dogs. My mother is the person who will take your pet if you can’t keep it for whatever reason, and she is also a magnet for stray cats who don’t want to be strays anymore.
    Mr. Zelda and I have 2 cats, a young brother/sister pair. We’re also planning to get a dog very soon. I’m much more a cat person than a dog person; for the bulk of our married life, our only pet was a cranky and high-strung but delightful Siamese. Mr. Zelda really wants a dog, though, and our current cats lived happily with dogs at their foster house before we adopted them.

  • I have a 2 year old Yorkie and getting him was easily one of the best decisions I ever made. He is such a fun, spunky, cuddly guy and extremely low maintenance. I got pretty lucky in getting a very lazy and non-barking terrier. I plan to get a second dog after law school– probably a Greyhound.

  • epric002

    husband and i both grew up with dogs and now we have grouchy corgi (9ish year old female corgi mix former stray in puerto rico by way of the lost dog & cat rescue) and formerly foster puppy (16ish month old male pit bull we foster failed with from the washington humane society). i would like cats someday (and more dogs!) but husband is right that our house/yard is too small for any more permanent animals. so i just guilt him into foster sitting/short term fostering on occasion πŸ™‚ if you’re not sure that longterm animal care is for you, i highly encourage you to try fostering! it is so helpful for you and the animals you saving. happy friday to popville and all their wonderful pets.

  • Other for me being a crested gecko. I really want a cat, but keep ending up with allergic roommates… I grew up with cats, a dog, chickens, ducks, geese, and rabbits.

  • Two cats now, grew up with several cats but only had temporary dog experiences. I hold fast to the n+1 rule for cats or I’d have more. It would be nice to have a dog but I think it’s too much for one person and too expensive to do it right for the dog with daily walking and good boarding when traveling. I just borrow neighbors’/friend’s dogs for walks occasionally. I am restrained about showing my cat pix but someday I’m going to make a holiday card with my cats to send to everyone who sends photos of their kids.

    • epric002

      i don’t think i’m on your xmas card mailing list, but i love getting xmas cards with photos of people’s pets! photos of their kids are fun too…

  • I have a quirky little female cat whom I adopted from Homeward Trails (as an adult) a few years ago.
    She doesn’t like other cats. Occasionally I’ve wondered if I should get a dog to keep her company… but I suspect that getting a dog to keep your cat company is like having triplets to keep your first child company.

    • epric002

      you could always get an older/lazy dog who likes cats. then you’d (hopefully) get the bonus of them snuggling together as they sleep the day away πŸ™‚

      • That might be like adding twins instead of adding triplets. πŸ˜‰
        I don’t think I’d be well suited for a dog — I wouldn’t want to be obligated to go out in the cold, heat, rain, etc. — but my cat and I are a good match. πŸ™‚

      • Emmaleigh504

        Greyhounds make excellent city pets. They are super duper lazy. So lazy that if you are standing near one it will lean on you b/c standing up by itself is way too much effort.

  • I adopted my dog May, a small pit/hound mutt, from the Washington Humane Society about 3 months ago. She is a joy. I grew up with dogs and always loved animals. I missed my dogs so much when I grew up and moved away from home. I spent my 20s moving around a lot for school, working crappy jobs and living with roommates in group houses and apartments, waiting until I had a stable income and a stable living situation so I could finally get a dog of my own, and that day finally came! Having a dog is a huge responsibility but I love it, and I’m so happy and thankful that my SO (who never had any pets) loves it too. My dog brings so much happiness to my everyday life.

  • Grew up with dogs and always loved them, terrified of cats with their claws and teeth! But now co-own 2 cats. These cats act like dogs, are super friendly and cuddly and lots of fun. I would love a dog, but I travel too much and love my freedom to go wherever, whenever. I just pet, coo at and play with other people’s dogs!

  • I Dont Get It

    I don’t have any pets but Lucy, Lizzie and Possum do.

  • My household has a relatively new dog and 11 year old cat. I’ve always been a cat person, but adopting the dog was the best decision. In addition to being the World’s Best Dog, she forces me to get out and about every morning rain or shine. I’ve met tons of neighbors that I didn’t know before I got the pooch. Pups are instant conversation starters for most people.

  • I sort of want a dog, for security and just because I like dogs. But… I think I don’t love dogs. I feel like I need to wash my hands after petting friends’ dogs. I cringe at the sound of their nails on hardwood. I hate drool, and barking. And I experience a little schadenfreude when I see people walking their dogs in freezing rain.
    So no dog. The 20-pound cat does most of what I need a pet for.

  • For almost two years, I’ve been sharing my apartment with a very serious, middle-aged toy fox terrier. I love him so much; he is the joy of my life! Didn’t have pets growing up (except for a couple of years with newts) and was afraid of dogs for a while after having been attacked by one when I was a little kid. After moving to DC, I started to go nuts over the dogs in my neighborhoodβ€”I was the gal who creeped on all the dogs in the parks of Capitol Hill! Getting a dog of my own changed my life, and for the better. His afternoon walks do take up a good chunk of my monthly budget, but I’ve been able to swing it OK so far. And my social life is pretty quiet, so getting home to look after the pup isn’t a problem. Also, a good friend of mine is always happy to help take care of him, too. YAY ANIMALS! Especially small dogs!

  • No pets growing up. Have a 10yo lab/shepard mix who I got from the humane society at 5 months. He’s so energetic but knows when I’m not feeling it and chills out. I think he’s a pretty awesome dog, and if and when he makes the trek to dog heaven I’ll definitely get another dog. I’d like that now, but he is definitely a one man show.

  • Adopt a dog! I foster for WHS (and have a WHS-adopted dog). They are full to the GILLS with beautiful dogs right now. You won’t regret it!
    To anyone else thinking of fostering for WHS – now would be a great time to get started, since it’s perfect park weather.

  • We have two dogs. One I got before I got married, she’s a 5 year old shepherd/hound mix and she changed my life for the better in countless ways. She’s my best friend. The other, a 3-ish year old lab/great dane mix, we got almost a year ago and he’s the perfect complement to his sister– she’s intense and clever and a bit demanding, and he’s a big sweet lug. Together they’re 170+ lbs of messy, silly, unconditional love and I can’t imagine my life without them.

    I’m pushing for a third but my husband is not having it. Ha.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I only have a cat b/c dogs aren’t allowed in my building. I grew up with both and loved it. I plan to never be petless for the rest of my life b/c they bring me joy. As much as I am in love with Donna Martin she is a cat and I am her human. She is not my baby, and I am not her mother b/c that sh!t creeps me out.

  • We have to cats, both girls, who can’t stand each other. But love us both.

    Hubby loves them too… except when they tear up the furniture and then he threatens to throw them out on the street. (he’s totally bluffing. He would be heartbroken without them!)

    I want a third, but the first cat turned into a total recluse when the little one came along. Until we moved. And then she took over the whole house!

    • Plus, we can stay out all night if we want to. And can take long trips (they have automatic feeders and a water fountain) without boarding them and just have friends check on them a couple times while we’re gone.

  • No pets, though I have had some in the past. For me, the time and the money required to take care of them aren’t worth the benefits they provide.

  • nightborn

    We would love to have a pet, especially my husband who grew up with at least one cat AND dog in the house at all times. I’ve never had so much as a goldfish but am open to the idea of becoming a pet owner. Unfortunately cats are out because I’m allergic, and a dog would not get proper attention as we both tend to work long hours.

  • grew up with dogs. became a cat lover about 9 years ago when a neighbor couldn’t take care of a cat I had fallen in love with. My partner suggested we try taking in this cat so she would not go to the shelter–we did and eventually got another one–a stray from Petworth. I thought I was allergic all this time but allergies are weird–technically, I still test for cat dander but having these cats just hasn’t been a problem. In fact some large dog breeds create more of an allergic reaction for me.

    we also have 3 aquariums.

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