IF I DID NOT HAVE DOGS..
I could walk around the garden barefoot in safety
My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.
All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture and cards would be free of dog hair.
When the doorbell rings, it wouldn’t sound like the NCDL kennels.
When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through dog bodies who beat me there.
I could sit on the settee the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.
I would not have strange presents under my Christmas tree like dog bones, stuffed animals or have to answer to people why I wrap them?
I would not be on first name basis with three vets
The most used words in my vocabulary would not be ‘out’ ‘sit’ ‘down’ ‘come’ ‘no stay’ ‘leave him/her/it Alone’.
My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.
My pockets would not contain things like poo bags, dog treats and an extra lead.
I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L or W-A-L-K.
I would not have as many leaves inside my house as outside.
I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog ties them down too much.
I’d look forward to Spring and the melting snow, instead of dreading the ‘mud’ season.
I would not have to answer the question ‘Why do you have so many dogs?’ from people who never have the joy of their life of knowing they are loved unconditionally by something as close to an angel as they ever will get.
How empty my life would be…