I love to have a plan. I generally have a plan A and a plan B (and sometimes even a Plan C). It is not just the big things I plan for – it is pretty much everything. I think it stems from a childhood spur-of-the-moment trip my parents decided to take to the Wisconsin Dells. They loaded my sister and me and my great aunt into the car and off we went. To the Dells. In summer. With thousands of other people. The big difference – most of those people had reservations. My two memories of that trip are spending the day trying to find a motel room and trying to find a place to eat. I learned early that reservations are wonderful things, but I probably take planning to extremes.
What does this have to do with dogs? you ask. I was recently at a pet rescue event and I heard a lot of reasons why people didn’t take the really great dogs up for adoption. A lot of these reasons had to do with timelines: I plan on traveling a lot this year, I work during the day and it wouldn’t be fair to the dog. And so on. It got me thinking – some things don’t lend themselves to plans. There is never a good time to have a baby, for instance. If everyone waited for the perfect time, civilization would die out. Dogs are a lot like that.
Probably not, although I will say that if you are having trouble taking care of yourself it is probably best to wait to get a pet or have a baby. I have noticed that many people I know who want a dog but avoid getting one because of travel don’t actually travel all that much. Most people I know work full time and many have dogs. There are a lot of options available so if you want to travel hire a pet sitter, use a boarding facility, or take Spot with you.
In an advice column I once read a letter written by a 42 year old woman who wanted to return to medical school but was hesitating because of her age. Although it was her dream, the woman pointed out that by the time she finished school, she would be 46 and just starting out her medical career. The columnist wrote back, “And how old will you be in four years if you don’t go to medical school?” So, think about this next time you are on Petfinder or walking by an adoption event.
My final words – if you do want to board your dog, or use a dog walking service – make a reservation!
Hattie, pictured left, is available for adoption from Be Fido’s Friend.