Who Doesn’t Love a Puppy?

December 31, 2009

Eric has been on this kick lately for us to get a puppy. Because, you know, we don’t already have enough going on in our lives right now.

I’m not anti-puppy per se, but I keep coming back to the inescapable facts that:

a) Puppies need to be walked. I work at home, which means that the designated puppy-walker (and pooper-picker-upper) will be me.

b) These puppy walks will be taking place here in New Hampshire, where it’s really cold and icy right now. I tend to fall down a lot – Eric has already applied an anti-skid coating to our stairs inside the house to prevent further incidents. I may be blasé about my consumption of soft cheeses, but even I know that babies in utero don’t enjoy regular, sudden contact with the sidewalk.

c) We have two set-in-their-ways cats, both of whom have the capacity to be somewhat mean (and one of whom has all of her claws). I don’t know exactly how things would shake out, but I don’t see it ending well.

d) I’ve already signed on to have one drooly, incontinent being totally dependent on me come June. I don’t need another.

My friend Jeannette had this theory, before the birth of her first child, that the ideal time to get a puppy would be right around when the baby was born – she’d be home, the baby and puppy could grow up together, and (perhaps most importantly), things would already be so crazy in a way she couldn’t fully comprehend that she wouldn’t know what life with a newborn would be like without a puppy, so why not go for it?

Jeannette eventually came to her senses. Four years and two children later, her family remains puppy-free. Nonetheless, I regret sharing this story with Eric, who now views the puppy-loving Jeannette of old as a folk hero of sorts.

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2 Responses to “Who Doesn’t Love a Puppy?”

  1. Leigh Says:

    Jen,

    Stay strong! As a mother of three – dogs, that is – our newest addition is a 4 month old black lab puppy. She is adorable but just this morning (not even 10am yet), we have had to clean up an accident, escort them out in -2 degree weather, and the oh so sweet bundle of joy is barking non-stop at something – we think her reflection in the TV console.

    The idea is wonderful, but the reality is something else. I love dogs and we have no human children but with this new one, I am already eyeing the Baileys Irish Cream before noon….

    Happy New Year!


  2. […] the house five days a week. It’s been interesting, to say the least – as with the puppy argument, I’ve never had a newborn and not had a home renovation in progress, so I don’t really […]


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