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Reyno Rants - There's no bones about it, owning a pet can be ruff: Please think before taking one home


Owning a pet may sound like a great idea in the beginning, but it can add more stress to your life if you're not prepared and fully committed to taking care of it for the long haul.

Nick Reyno | Interrobang | Opinion | October 2nd, 2017

Topics: Dogs | Rants

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Getting a pet is a serious thing to consider. Itís not like getting a new laptop, itís looking at another living creature and saying, ďIíd like to take care of you for the rest of your lifeĒ. Pet adoption comes with a lot of responsibilities and difficulties that people donít always think about.

For example, if you donít like that laptop it can be returned, given a factory reset and sold again as if nothing ever happened. Itís also not about to poop on your floor.

If you donít like a pet, you canít just give up and return it. That animal has formed an emotional bond with you. Returning a pet is like going back to a hospital and saying, ďActually Doc, can you take my baby back? It just pooped on my carpet and I donít like waking up at 5 a.m. to take it to the bathroom anymoreĒ.

Humans can be so reckless in how we value other forms of life. Not only do we have the audacity to think it would be Ďfuní to own another creature, we have the capacity to change our mind after weíve affected that beingís life. Sure you or I could move on to our pumpkin spice lattes and Instagram posts but that pet is going to spend the rest of its time wondering what happened to us. Waiting for us to come back.

This is why surprise pets and trendy pets are the worst thing to happen since kill shelters. If you surprise someone with a cat or a dog, youíre volunteering them for a seven to 12 year commitment. Sure, that pet is cute and everyoneís happy to snuggle up to a little puppy, but no one is ready for a 12 year surprise.

In a few weeks when that pet has to be fed and cared for and exercised day after day, can you be certain everyoneís going to feel the same about it? If you wouldnít surprise someone with a baby, donít surprise them with an animal.

While Iím on the topic, thereís another problem in pet adoption thatís just as bad as surprise pets and thatís trendy pets. These are dangerous because trendy pets arenít necessarily easy to take care of. Remember when Shibaís were trendy? Shibaís are one of the most stubborn and hard to train dog breeds in existence. Trends end, but that pet is going to live for another decade, so when youíre over the trend what are you going to do?

Trendiness also leads to over breeding and impulse adoptions which leads to hundreds of animals ending up in shelters. A living being isnít a trend or a meme. Adoption is something that should be thought about and researched long and hard before a decision is made.

If youíre looking to rush into pet adoption, there is only one pet for you. It will never be let down by your neglect, youíll never have to feed it, exercise it or even clean up its poop. The pet Iím talking about is of course the magnificent pet rock. Love it, walk it, give it googly eyes and see how long the love lasts. If you stop caring about your pet rock in a few weeks, are you really ready for a decade long commitment?
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