I'm not a pet lover. I'm going to put that out here upfront. Today has been a day of organizing my chaos that is my apartment until they can fix the leak in my closet. I've got bags of clothes everywhere. It makes it tough to wade through my bedroom and living room. It makes me realize, and I think I've mentioned this before, that I may have too many clothes.
I took my coats today to the laundry. I had they dry-cleaned before putting them away for the summer. My storage method (in bags under my bed) left them wrinkled. I also wanted to wash my electric blanket. I clearly wasn't thinking when I put the white fluffy blanket in the dryer with a black wool coat and a brown wool coat. My mind said that the dampness would "steam" out the wrinkles in the coats. The good news is that the coats didn't shrink and no longer smell like moth balls. The bad news is that they are covered with little lint balls of white fur. Yes…I made that mistake today. I know it is fixable, but it sucks when these coats were so handsome. Which of my friends owns stock in a lint brush company?
This beautiful boy, Tommy, was waiting outside the laundry when I left. I said I wasn't a pet person, but that doesn't meant that I don't enjoy playing with dogs or cats. I love petting animals, playing with them, having them lick me (not my face though) or purr on my lap. Most of my life, my family had pets. I just know how hard it is to travel a lot when you own a pet. It's also hard to find an apartment. Pets also cost extra money for vet bills, shots, food, grooming, etc.
As an adult, the only pet that I've ever had was a beta named fluffy. My roommate at the time named him fluffy and thought it was funny. The name stuck. In fact, I'm pretty sure I want another beta for my apartment. Fluffy died after four good years of living in a fluke at my office with the heating system.
I am also realizing that the man I love really wants a dog. I'm good with it, except that it makes finding apartments harder. It also makes getting out of town for the weekend harder. You have to find a friend to dog sit or pay a kennel or find a place that will let you bring your dog. We aren't living together yet, but I anticipate that we will probably have a dog when we do move in together. I'll love the companionship of a dog as long as we can train it well. Hopefully our dog will be so damn awesome that people will beg us to dog sit.