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Remember Icarus? (211.6)
I visited Icarus at the SPCA again on Sunday. Ruthie had already been adopted, which of course is good news. In one sense, that eliminates the need for me to decide between these two doggies. I went up there with a couple of friends who are also looking to adopt a dog, and we took him out for a little walk and romp in the play yard. He's really well-behaved!

Icarus & MeI keep going back and forth on this. I really want a dog, but I also am trying to be realistic both about my lifestyle and how unfair it could be to a dog, and my general tendency to be lazy. While I do take care of a snake, Charlie's pretty low maintenance, and I could probably be a lot better about keeping her tank clean. Should I take that as a sign? Or should I be determined to take good care of a dog?

One factor? I'm still trying to decide whether to take two days off from work to go visit my family for Passover. The Seder inconveniently falls on Monday night, so it's not just a weekend trip. I'm pretty sure my parents would rather I didn't bring a dog to their house, and I'm not going to adopt a dog and then suddenly uproot it to a kennel or bring in a dogsitter.

This decision, too, may be taken from me soon, since I hear Icarus was featured in the newspaper yesterday! The SPCA's dog supply is unusually low, so I'm sure someone's going to adopt him soon. (Luckily, this is a no-kill shelter, so I have zero worry that if I don't adopt him, he's doomed.)
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jccohen From: jccohen Date: March 21st, 2013 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
There's no doubt owning a dog is a lot of work. I wouldn't give them up for anything - the rewards are great - but if its not something you want to dedicate time to, well...

OTOH, you know I'm lazy, and I have two of 'em, so...
kaitl From: kaitl Date: March 21st, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I definitely appreciate that you're taking time to really think about how a dog would fit into your life. I love having Scout, but there are definitely some days (especially now with Sebastian) that I wish we didn't have her... however, most of that is due to lack of training on our part.

I hope you figure out what's best for you!
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ickletarakins From: ickletarakins Date: March 22nd, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Owning a dog is definitely a lot of work...I don't know what your lifestyle is but honestly my dogs are in their crates for 9 hours straight while Steve and I are working. HOWEVER...we have a fenced in yard and they spend time in that in the mornings and evenings, AND they almost always get walked twice a day for 1-2 miles at a time (read: Unless the weather is insanely bad; I'll usually even walk them in rain or freezing cold or what have you). They are never in their crates when we're home, either. And they're both very happy, healthy dogs :)

However, you have to make the choice that's right for you. I applaud that you're putting so much thought into this, because most people don't (if they did, we wouldn't have so many dogs in shelters). Also, side note, Icarus is VERY handsom, and I love his name :)
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: March 25th, 2013 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
In theory, I would love to be a dog owner. But I look at the lifestyle this new chapter of my life will shape over the next 10-15 years and I know that a dog would affect my decisions in a similar way that adopting a child would.
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