Today is one of these tough days for a pet mommy. My little Chihuahua boy Coco started to feel bad and I brought him to the vet, turns out he has a mass in his intestines and needs surgery. Here is where all those tough decisions start, what are the chances, should you put the dog through this or just let him go, it costs lots of money and so on. And obviously you do not have so much time to think, decisions come at you fast….
Everyone knows that I have a big heart for pets – I personally have 2 cats, 2 dogs and a horse. I call it my little zoo 🙂 And they are all so cute. The holidays are approaching and I know that many people will give pets as presents, I myself got a cat as a Christmas Present from my parents when I was 13 years old. But what does the reality look like in the long run to be a pet owner? Are you ready for it?
Here is my list on what to think about before considering owning a pet:
- A pet is a living soul and will depend on you and your care. Can you commit to it for the next 10 – 15 years (cats and dogs) or longer (my horse is 23 now)?
- Will your pet fit your lifestyle? Are you OK with it, that accidents happen and there will be a mess on your carpet or something will be chewed up (Max ate my new Prada shoes!!!!!)
- Will you be able to walk with it or exercise it or will you be able to arrange for that?
- Do you have patience for them, they are little characters and have their quirks. Yelling and scolding at them upsets them and does not change any behavior – it just scares them.
- Are you ok with considering them when you are traveling? Have you thought about what to do with them when you are gone or are you willing to take them with you? Traveling with a pet usually takes some preparation time.
- Life has ups and downs, are you willing to take care of your pet even if your own life gets tough? When I moved to California, nobody was left behind (2 cats, 2 dogs – and yes – the horse) – even so I did not exactly know how this all would work – I made it happen.
- Are you prepared for great joy and great heartbreak when they leave? Let’s face it – they just do not live as long as we do – and there is nothing we can do about it.
Little Coco went through surgery to remove his tumor, he is doing good, he just has to start to eat now. I hope he can come home soon.
I hope you are having a good weekend, I will keep you posted about the little guy,