Well, I'm not afraid to tell you that I am afraid of writing this post because I fear the reactions that may come from this post and that it will change how you see (or read) me. Disclaimer: This has nothing at all to do with anyone that I'm friends with or who's blog I read. It is in no way written to offend or hurt any of your feelings. It's just me, telling you how I feel.
*clears throat* Well, this is my confession. I don't like dogs.
Yes, I know, some of you who just read that probably hate me now, but it's true. Well, it's mostly true. Let me back up and explain.
It's not that I don't like dogs period, I just have many certain things that I don't like about them. I actually had several dogs and cats when I was growing up, so it's not like I'm a dog hater, I just don't want one right now, or at all in the forseeable future.
This does cause a small problem though seeing how my husband LOVES dogs and BEGS me for one every day. However, I have put my foot down about the issue, and very strongly in fact! :) Even though Bryan wants one, I do not for the reasons listed below:
- they stink
- they shed
- they cost too much
- they make too much noise
- you can't control them
- they have minds of their own
- they're too much responsibility
- they slobber
- they jump on you when you don't want them to
- they pee and poop all over the place
- they destroy everything
Now, you're probably saying "My dog doesn't do that" or "My dog never did that!" or "Yeah, so what? Children do the same thing too!" Blah, blah, blah. Yes, I know, but at least it would be my child, something that I literally bore from my own body, part of my flesh and blood, my child. People are always telling me that I should get a dog, but I can honestly say that I would prefer to get pregnant and have a child before I would ever get a dog.
I just can't stand that they drool all over you and shed and stink and jump and scratch you and get you muddy and dirty! I just think it's gross. Sorry, that's just how I feel. Hate me if you must!
However, I will admit that while some dogs are butt ugly, there are some dogs that I think are SO CUTE! Yep, cutie patooties for sure, especially when they're puppies. I think that's another part of the problem, I absolutely love and gush over puppies, but that's the problem. They don't stay puppies! I do know that they are great with kids and old people and I know that it's good for them to have a compainion. I just can't stand the thought of some dog peeing/pooping all over my house and ruining everything. NO THANK YOU! I also enjoy getting a full night's sleep without any interruptions!
I know you say, "But they're man's best friend!" Yes, that might be true for some of you, but for myself, I prefer to have a best friend that's...well, human.
You might also say, "They're great for protecting the family and watching out for you!" Yes, that might also be true, but I also believe that's what Jesus, my husband, and the pink baseball bat that sits beside my bed are for! ;)
Now, I am trying to prepare myself for down the road. I'm sure we'll end up getting a dog when the kids are older and we need to teach them all about responsibility. Hehe..However, we will never have animals that stay inside our house, I'm putting my foot down on that one. If we get a dog, it WILL be an outside dog. But, not for many, many years!
Now, to all my friends who have dogs and your dogs are part of your life and are your family, and are your children, I still love you and am so happy that you have your dogs and that they make you so happy! That's all that matters. Also, please don't assume that "Well, Chelsey doesn't like dogs, we can't be friends anymore" or "Well, she doesn't like dogs so I can never ask her over to my house." No, no, no. I only ask that you don't let your dog lick me, jump on me, slobber on me, or shed on me. Hehe..
I love you and hopefully, you'll still love me. Even after reading my confession!