Sunday, December 04, 2005


"How's that for a compromise?"

B said yesterday morning that she "still" wants us to get a dog. It turns out, the remark was prompted by her seeing a really cute dog the other day. Coincidentally, I had seen a really cute dog that day too.

The dog I saw looked something like this one I found on a
Google image search for cute dogs. His name is "Aiden" and
he needs a rescue. I think he looks more like a "Tyler"
than an "Aiden," don't you?

This is a conversation we've had from time to time for the last several years. We'd both like to have a dog -- in theory. We want the part where you give the dog a big cuddly hug because it's looking at you with its brown dog eyes and it's just so darn cute you can hardly stand it. But what I think we don't want is picking up poop (which is supposed to, by law, be flushed down the toilet in our town), and having to walk it at inconvenient times, and board it at a kennel when we go out of town, and clean up dog hair.

Basically, what we want is a stuffed animal.

On top of this, I'm pretty sure I've developed a dog-cat allergy in the last few years, which really bums me out. I get itchy all over when around a dog or cat for any length of time -- a subtle itch that might almost be psychosomatic, but probably isn't. And I'm pretty sure that I've even gotten stay-at-home sick one time after spending a weekend staying with a friend who has cats.

B has taken to pointing out that we could get a "hypoallergenic" dog.

"How about this?" I say. "If something happens to me, or if we break up, you can get a dog then. How's that for a compromise?"

You've heard of skinheads, right? Well, believe it or not, there are skin cats. Naturally hairless, they are no problem for folks with allergies, and are still a small warm beast to look at you with goo goo eyes, with no need to walk the beast in cold weather. Be the first one on your block to have one!

Check it out:
those cats are the most hideous things I've ever seen.

Oscar, how about this for a compromise: I'll get a dog, and you can watch it when we go on vacation? LOL.
Don't do it. If you were to get a dog now, the first time it poops on your carpet, it's an autmatic argument: "I told you I didn't want to get a dog!"

I love my dog, but he can be a pain in the ass. I liked him a lot better when he was hypothetical.
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