I am not an animal person. There I said it.
When I tell people this then they think that I hate animals. That is not true at all. I simply am not an animal person.
You will never find me stroking a cat or a dog or ANY animal for that matter.
I grew up with pets (we had a dog when I was very little and after that we only had cats) and I was always like this.
Let me just be very clear about something:
I abhor animal cruelty and I have ZERO RESPECT for people who ill-treat animals in any way.
I am just not an animal person.
I don’t particularly like going to the zoo or any place where there are animals though I do take my kids to these types of places.
To be honest, I am afraid of animals – specifically dogs. I am very scared of dogs and won’t visit you if you don’t put them out of my sight or whatever. I was bitten by a dog as a child and I think it stems from that. My worst is dogs wanting to jump on me. I HATE that.
My kids are not animal people either. I have obviously passed my fears down to them. Child 2 is petrified of animals that are not behind a cage or a glass. Child 1 went through a phase of being scared of dogs but nowadays he just wants a dog. I thought that perhaps it would be a good way for him to learn responsibility. Last year I even did research on dog breeds that would suit our family. My requirements were very simple. I couldn’t have a dog that was shedding hair (we have allergies) and I didn’t want a dog that needed to sleep inside my house.
Eventually I decided on a terrier-type something or other and at the last-minute I changed my mind. I could totally see that this dog was going to become my responsibility and I wasn’t prepared for that so I told Child1 that we could re-assess when he was 12. Honestly? I hope he forgets but if he doesn’t then I am prepared to go for it, providing that there are ground rules in place. Deep down I think that maybe it will be good for us so that I can also overcome my dog fear issues.
This other morning Sally tweeted about the fact that she was gutted that her Rooster was going home with her domestic to the pot because he was crowing early in the mornings – that sort of thing is not allowed in a residential area. I asked my DH if we could have Sally’s Rooster. He told me that it wasn’t feasible for us either as there are loads of cats around – our neighbours cats love our yard as well and they are never going to leave our poor Rooster in peace.
Then my DH told me that maybe geese would be a better option. They are noisy and they can bite! AND they are relatively easy to take care of. What a win!
I think I like this idea better than the dog one. Now I just need to convince Child1. Am sure our neighbours will be fine with it. They have all been burgled in recent months.
Oh, and last month I spoke to the women in the office about getting a tortoise. I like tortoises and our OT has one in her garden which Child 2 was completely fascinated with. Apparently you need a licence for that though so it’s probably not going to happen.
What I have written in this post is MY issue. I know that many of you are serious dog/animal people. It is absolutely NOT my intention to offend anyone.
In fact, maybe you can advise me on the best type of dog to get? What kind of dog do you have? What made you decide on that particular breed? What would be the best way to transition my kids (who are occasionally scared) of animals?