I once heard it said that every boy should own a dog, because it teaches them the discipline of how to care for a dependent. Well I wonder, if every lonely heart should get a dog, too, so we can learn what it means to love and be loved.
Ever since I met this cute beagle named Max, I’m so excited I can’t stop thinking about it: the idea of my very own dog.
But what should I get. I’ve always wanted a Jack Russel terrier, but I hear their so full of energy and a brother don’t run like he used to (still fast enough to beat Alvi, though, hehe):
Or it was suggested to me that I consider a Corgy, but they look to chubby and prissy for my liking, after all the Queen of England has a pair:
Or maybe I get a bigger dog whose presence will dominate, and project my need to compensate for my weaknesses in life (ooops, did i say that, no offense to fellas with big dogs, hehe):
Ah, I don’t know maybe it’s best I just go to the shelter in Joburg and see which dog comes to me first,
What kind of dog, do you think I should get? Keep in mind I live in an apartment in a gated complex with little to no grass.
….so I was thinking what really got me on this kick about dogs. And the more I think about it the more I realize, you know what, brotha is almost thirty-something. And for the first time my career/occupation seems destined from more than 2 years. I feel like I’ve found a work worth sticking around for, and with that I have, really for the first time, I have a sense of settling down.
Yes, i said it “settling down”.
It’s odd because I was just telling my good friend Moose how eerie it seems to look around and see all our friends being grown-ups. Buying cars, pushing strollers, working on home DIY projects. But it’s true, and I’m starting to feel that way too. Some say that at thirty you just feel ok with you are in this life, so maybe it’s the onset of that. But whatever it is, I find myself wanting to have a reason to come home early for work, a reason to skip the late night dinner and cocktails and just retire to the crib with a familiar and cozy companion. That’s what a dog will provide.
Yet, if I even go further, it’s also me telling myself that I can’t buy into the “microvave generation” fallacy (more on this in a future post). If I want day want to be a great father and a husband — which I do — then it’s not just gonna happen because I say so. Plus, honestly, the way I’ve become accustomed to living as a semi-workaholic, semi-starved, bachelor won’t cut it with kids and a wife. So getting a dog is also my way of practicing those habits now, for a future soon to come — I hope.
So again, I ask what would be the right dog for me? Considering that I’m not yet fully acclimated to the habit of returning home from work at decent hours. Or that I often can forget that I’m at a friends house for hours on end. What kind of dog, could handle that learning curve, and still love and behave.
By the way, as I right this I wonder how much one can tell about a person’s needs in a relationship by their choice of dog/pet??