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There, I said it… Just because you love dogs, doesn’t mean you ought to own a dog (or more than one dog). Being a dog lover is not a qualification for being a dog owner, talk less of being a good dog owner. Far from it.
For the record:
I Love Dogs.
I really really do. We had dogs all throughout my childhood and I cannot remember a time from my youngest years to this day actually, when my family has not had at least one family dog.
Truth be told, right now I would really love to get a dog of my own but I am fully aware of the responsibilities that come with owning a dog as an adult. Responsibilities that I didn’t have as a child growing up in a house with dogs (and with responsible adults that made owning a dog seem like all fun and games for us kids).
So Why This Anti-Dog Ownership Stance?
Irresponsible dog owners. People who don’t pick up after their dogs. Dog poop EVERYWHERE dog poop shouldn’t be.
I’ve been scarred by people who let their dogs poop on sidewalks, front lawns that don’t belong to them, and just about anywhere their dogs very well please… And the owners leave it there, as though all the rest of us just loooove their dogs so much we don’t mind living in, around, and next to their feces.
I don’t know everyone in my neighborhood but I’m guilty of making snap judgments about some people just based on their conduct… That’s all I have to go on… And one of the neighborhood families recently got a new dog, a big dog at that, and my heart immediately sank.
Like I said, I don’t know these people personally, but I get the distinct impression that they will be irresponsible dog owners and I am already bracing myself for the dog poop galore.
<– My Nightmare
I can only hope that these folks will make me eat my own words, but I’m not very hopeful.
Having unexpectedly stepped in one too many piles of poo in the past, I’m just scarred at this point.
What I’m Reading Now
Two books simultaneously:
The Rumor by Lesley Kara (the American version). I was a bit disappointed at first to find that they had adapted the novel for an American audience since the author is British and the original version was based somewhere in the UK. Actually, I was a bit insulted that the author thought that was necessary… I mean, I am capable of fully comprehending a book set in a country other than America for crying out loud. Anyway, so far so good.
Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin. This caught my eye on the new novels display at my local library and it’s the author’s debut novel. I like stories that have characters from other countries and cultures so that was a big draw for me. Also, so far so good.
What I Just Finished Reading
Welcome To Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo. I need to do a full book review post on this one, I found it to be quite delightful and a really nice debut novel for the author (at least, I think it’s her debut novel).