I want a dog.
At the beginning of 2013, I vowed to either move permanently to New York City or get a dog. One is significantly more difficult than the other and since it's already July, I'm thinking that getting a dog is more likely to happen.
I have had a dog all through my childhood. First, there was Jasper - a mix of some sort who we eventually gave away to friends who had a farm - no really! That's not code for "put him down".
Then there was an annoyingly loud beagle, Sam (who we kept for exactly three days) and finally the beloved Tessa - a purebred Australian Shepherd.
Tessa was awesome in every way. She died in 2008 and I miss having a dog around. I think I would get another Australian Shepherd - they're such a great breed. The one thing I'm afraid of is getting a dog with a less-than-ideal temperament. It's the same fear I would have about a child. Sure, you can train them really well, but it's a bit of a crap shoot when it comes to their personality.
All signs point to dog ownership. I have a fenced in yard. I work from home so would have ample opportunity to train it properly. My doorbell is broken so it would be nice to have a barking visitor announcement.
However, I am out a lot. This is slightly worrisome as I don't want anything to cramp my social style. But, maybe it's time for me to take responsibility for more than myself. Hmmm. I ought to give this more thought.
Another thing I need to think about is a suitable name. A dog's name is so important. For a while I liked the name Lemon, but then worried that people might think my dog is gimpy or something. I also find human names really amusing - like Kevin or Mark. Just imagine yelling, "Here, Mark, come on boy!" Funny.
However, the real question is - does a single girl getting a dog look the same as a single girl getting a cat? Must avoid that at all costs.