I had dogs growing up, but since being on my own and then with 710, it just hasn't been in the cards for us. First it was his work-travel schedule and now it is mine.
710 has never actually had a dog, but he's open to it.
I'm the kind of guy who stops the car in our neighborhood when others are walking their pooches. This way, I get to play with them, love them, hug them, squeeze them, let them lick me - and then leave. The owners get a few minute break where they don't have to watch or care for them.
....and I don't have to pick up the poop.
Man of our neighbors have two dogs. Very few are a single dog family. If we were to become owned by a dog, we'd only a single canine family. We already have a dog-cat and I want to minimize any disturbance in that force. And Sophie is a force.
The title image is me with Jake. Sucky picture of me, but he's so damned cute - especially with that tongue. And it's one of the few times you can see his eyes. He's not as lovey as his sister, Lola, but she wouldn't sit still enough for a picture. Diva.
...and no Brett - I'm not pursing my lips. That's a Louisiana backwood swamp-folk trait.
And here I am with Callie.
Another sucky picture of me, but Callie wouldn't stop licking me. In a post a few months back, I mentioned she and her brother. Since they lost their dad a few months ago, I try to spend time with them, especially when their other dad needs someone to let them out and such. When I'm not traveling, I'm happy to over and do it - and they are very happy with me - as you can see.
Tulley (on the right) is much more reserved, but he's eight years older than Callie. ...and he was Bill's dog and I know I project, but he seems sadder, I think because he misses his dad. Tulley is a love, but he doesn't lick or kiss. That makes me sad, but it's always been his personality. Or doginality
Callie more than makes up for it with kisses and jumps.
So, 710 and I talk more and more about a dog. I don't know what we'd do when I travel, but when I'm home, it'd be all good. There'd be lifestyle changes and we'd have to adapt to that - so time will tell. I don't want to get our first dog when we retire....that would kind of suck.
But for now, I'm uncle to many 'hood dogs - and that is just fine.
Song by: the Pet Shop Boys