The Myth of the Family Dog - Page 2
I also know the girls' pet lust is not going anywhere - it flares again every time we play in the front yard and a neighbor parades his canine cutie down the sidewalk.
"Excuse me! Excuse me! Can I pet your dog?" asks Nora of every single one.
I keep hoping giving the girls a chance to talk about our dream dog will satisfy them enough to let go of the actuality of a real live animal.
But when I saw the two gorgeous harlequin Great Danes owned by the Kathy Bates character on The Office, I caught a little dog fever of my own. My old co-worker Denny told me when he took his Great Dane out in the yard to play, the dog would tolerate a few minutes, then go the back door and beg to be let inside. (Yeah! I love lazy!) Denny also said Great Danes don't live long. (Losing our pet would be very sad, of course... but short-term responsibility is another benefit! I'll worry about how to handle "the circle of life" lesson for my girls later.) So I went online and checked out a Great Dane rescue site. Seems like they are pretty high-maintenance. High fence and dog-proofing the house for their long tails required.
Sounds like I'll be telling myself my own mother myth... "Now, Cindy, when you can pick up the girls at school on time and get the breakfast dishes washed before dinner and find some empty space on your desk, then, just maybe then, we can think about getting a dog."
Original post to Chicago Moms Blog. Cindy Fey blogs at We All Fall Down and tweets @cindyfey. Photo from Laertes at Creative Commons.