So those who read my blog know that I am for the most part a dog person, with a soft spot for cantankerous, self-absorbed felines. I guess that makes me a Cog person or a Dat person (however you choose to view it). To be honest, I grew up in a house hold were dogs and cats lived in relative peaceful coexistence. In fact. The last dog we had was raised by an opinionated orange tom by the name of Spice.
All this being said, not everyone is a dog person or a cat person. You have to figure this out on your own. And there is nothing wrong with whatever orientation you land on. Dog, Cat, Cog, Dat, Fish, Rodent or Dust Bunny. You can figure out your own limitations.
I know someone who is definitely a cat person. He really hasn’t acknowledged this, but he doesn’t understand the work that goes into raising a well adjusted, well trained dog. A year ago, he and his family got a cute adorable puppy, who was a joy to be around. But from the beginning, this person just didn’t understand that a dog needs consistent boundaries and rules. He felt that the dog should come pre-programmed with training and obedience. (Wouldn’t that be a miracle?)
This weekend they made the hard decision to re-home the dog. It isn’t the dog’s fault. His wife and children are heartbroken. But the truth is that the dog will be going to a family that can give it the discipline, exercise and attention he needs.
I’m not telling this story to piss anyone off, or to say I told you so, or to start a diatribe against this person. Honestly, he is not a bad person. I’m venting my sadness at the situation.
When I made the decision to get my Quizz, I understood the commitment of time and energy that would be involved. That I would have a faithful companion who would snore in my face on occasion, smother me in kisses and give me an amazing gift of unconditional love. And he would eat the occasional shoe and book. I knew that I was a dog person. I also happened to adopt a dog who was a cat person.
My point to this long rambling entry is, when adopting an animal into your family, this is more than falling in love with a cute face. You have to make sure that the fit is good for everyone in your family.