“When are you going to get your kids a dog?” I asked my middle son on a visit to his house in Virginia this summer.
“Never,” he declared.
“Every kid should experience having a dog.”
“We already have two cats.”
“Cats are nice, but they’re not the same as dogs.”
“I’m out of town on business a lot, and my wife would get stuck cleaning up after it.”
“The kids say they’ll take care of it.”
He had me there. So I ended the discussion and resigned my grandchildren to a lifetime without the joys of canine companionship. And, true to his word, my son and his wife did not get their kids a dog.
Last week they got them two.
I’m not sure what changed their minds (my son’s and daughter-in-law’s, that is), but their names are Rooney and Keisel (the dogs, that is). I haven’t personally met them yet, but based on their pictures they are the cutest puppies who ever lived. My wife probably would argue that our Yorkie was the cutest puppy who ever lived, but then all dog owners think that way.
Besides, there’s no such thing as an ugly puppy. It there were, nobody would ever want them.
Because getting a dog is not a rational act, despite all those claims about the alleged loyalty and unquestioning love they provide. I’ve had three dogs in my lifetime, any one of which would have ratted me out to the IRS in exchange for a pork chop.
When you have a dog, you have to feed it, pay its medical bills, find someone to take care of it when you’re away from home and buy it Halloween costumes — with no expectation that someday it will grow up, get a high-paying job and help support you in your old age. So when you get right down to it, getting a dog (or two) is not a logical decision.
Sometimes, though, logic is highly overrated.
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