The Pros & Cons Of Adopting A Dog

Thursday, April 25, 2013 0 Comments A+ a-

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Lately, I've been thisclose to getting a dog for the kids. Ariana has been obsessed... completely obsessed with dogs lately. I've spent the past few weeks going over the pros & cons of adopting a puppy in my head lately.
PROS:
  • The kids would love a dog!
  • A dog would be a lifelong companion for everyone in the family.
  • Depending on the dog, it may be a nice form of protection/security.
     
CONS:
  • Cost: We're on a bit of a budget, and the initial cost of getting a dog, expensive vetrnarian bills, food, and other things can add up quickly.
  • The Hassle: Dogs have to be let out to use the bathroom. I'm not lazy in the least, but I have a hunch that the constant care might get old quickly. I could be wrong, but I've seen a lot of dog owners always get angry at their dogs for how often they need to be let out.
  • Poop: That poop in the back yard isn't going to clean itself! 
  • Time: With two kids, I'm just not sure how much time I'll be able to delote to walking and playing with the dog as much as the dog needs.
  • Training: Puppies are cute, but training not to chew on things... as well as potty training might be overwhelming.
  • Barking: Nothing annoys me more than when I take our kids outside to play, and the neighbors dogs just constantly bark at us.
I'm currently leaning more toward not getting a dog at this point. I do have another pet in mind... but that's another blog post!
What about you? Do you have a dog? What do you find to be the pros & cons? Leave a comment below.

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