Longing #FridayReflections

I have been going on walks this week instead of the gym. I’ve been emotionally exhausted and sleeping in a bit more as a result. It’s nice walking sometimes. One thing I’ve noticed whether I walk in the morning or the evening is that everyone else who walks has a dog. Yes, I seem to be the only one without a dog. And it really sucks. Because I feel really quite lonely.

I’ve been contemplating getting a dog. I’ve even gone and looked at some. But I just cannot bring myself to get one. For one thing, the cats would be upset. They rule the roost and while I’m sure they’d put a dog in its place, I still feel like after all, I put them through in the last twelve months, getting a dog would just annoy them.

Then there’s the type of dog. As much as I’d love to rescue a dog from the shelter, I will need one that is okay with cats. And most adult dogs who haven’t been brought up with cats might not be okay. Plus I’m a bit picky about the breed. So far, I’ve fallen in love with either a Schnoodle {schnauzer x poodle}, a Cavoodle {king charles cavalier x poodle}, a Cockalier {king charles cavalier x cocker spaniel} or a toy poodle or a Schnauzer. These breeds are good apartment dogs too should I decide to move back to Sydney plus they are low shedding. However, they are high maintenance in that they require grooming. And finally, they cost a bomb to buy from registered breeders! I actually saw some Schnoodles the other day and they cost $3000. I cannot justify that at the moment.

Some days I wish I’d trained my cats to walk on a leash. I’m sure Pebbles is still open to being trained but then I wonder what it’d look like if I took her to walk in the park where I go for walks. And what would happen if she encountered all these dogs I see. Something tells me she might not cope.

I yearn for a dog because I want company outside of home too. I love my cats but they are my company and comfort within the house. When I’m outside, while I have no issues being alone, it does get hard around this time of the year. When everyone is holidaying with family and friends. Or when they seem to have the company of a beloved pet wherever they go.

But am I just putting a bandaid on a problem by getting a dog? Is it just an illusion that everything is okay on the surface when deep down, it’s not?

I know financially I won’t be able to afford a dog any time soon.

But it doesn’t stop me from yearning for one.

Until next time,

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  • Nidhi GS
    29 September 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Awww…. this is cute

  • Shantala
    30 September 2017 at 6:06 am

    Honestly Sanch, all the concerns you listed out are valid, so I understand your dilemma, but sometimes there is nothing wrong with a band-aid solution.
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  • The Unknown Journey Ahead
    30 September 2017 at 7:52 am

    Sometimes, there is nothing wrong with yearning. I want so much to have a bird in my life again, but I also know that right now I can not spare the time one requires (they are social animals and want a lot of interaction with their owners ). You’ll know when the time is right.
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  • Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan
    30 September 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I can’t speak of the financial aspects but getting a dog per se can be one of the most therapeutic decisions you make. Yes, they are different in cats in many ways and if the two gel together, you have the best of both worlds. I know my family got through some very dark times just by the presence of this furry four legged buddies in the house…
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  • Ness
    30 September 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Whoah. Those are some expensive pooches. We adopted our dog from a shelter and she’s been a great addition to the family. Hope you find a way to get your perfect dog xo

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    30 September 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Dogs are expensive to maintain and need a lot of commitment, but so worth it, Sanch. I would absolutely agree with Roshan. And about your question, when you’re dealing with loneliness and you’re not afraid to talk about it, a dog wouldn’t be a band-aid at all.

  • Darshana Suresh
    2 October 2017 at 4:02 am

    Personally I have had no experience with pets apart from adopting a puppy that showed up in our backyard for a few months. That was a fun time. Dogs can sure be the perfect companion during lone times.
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  • Minakshi bajpai
    9 October 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Nice write up. I never ever have any dog in my house. But I can say dogs are man’s best best buddy or companion. I see the people around me having dogs or pets and living with like any family member. Too close to their heart. I also wish I could get one same one day.