If I Didn't Have a Dog or Cat......

  If  I Didn't Have a Dog or Cat......

I  could walk around the yard barefoot in  safety. 
My house could be  carpeted instead of tiled and  laminated.
All  flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would  be free of  hair. 
When  the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a  kennel. 
When  the doorbell rings, I could get to the door  without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat  me there.
I  could sit on the couch and my bed the way I  wanted, with out taking into consideration  how much space 
several fur bodies would need  to get comfortable. 
I  would have money, and no guilt to go on a real  vacation. 
 I would not be on a first-name  basis with 6 veterinarians, as I put their yet  unborn grandkids through  college.
The  most used words in my vocabulary would not  be: 
out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave  it ALONE.
My  house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.
I  would not talk "baby talk."  "Eat your din din."  "Yummy yummy for the  tummy..."
My  house would not look like a day care center with toys everywhere.
My  pockets would not contain things like poop  bags, treats, and an extra  leash. 
I  would no longer have to spell the words  B-A-L-L, W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T,  O-U-T, G-O,  R-I-D-E,  C-O-O-K-I-E
I  would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as  outside. 
I  would not look strangely at people who think  having ONE dog/cat ties them down too  much. 
I'd  look forward to spring and the rainy season  instead of dreading "mud"  season.
I  would not have to answer the question "Why do you  have
so many animals?" from people who will never have the joy in their lives of  knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will  ever get. 
      How  EMPTY my life would  be!

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