Wednesday, April 11, 2007

If we did not have animals

Or Arrff, Meow, Quack, honk, Cluck Cluck, Cockle Doodle Do, Oh and Gobble gobble!
We could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.
Our house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.
All flat surfaces, rugs, corners,clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair and or paw prints.
When the doorbell rings or someone drives into our driveway, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.
When the doorbell rings, we could get to the door without wadingthrough fuzzy bodies who beat us there. Or be in fear of who might get attacked.
We could sit on the couch and my bed the way we wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable. We would not have strange presents on the porch/yard or in the house.
We would have no guilt to go on a real vacation. The inside/outside garbage can/pet food containers/ feed storage containers would not be raided. The squirrels, deer, raccoons and groundhogs would be thinner.
We would not be on a first-name basis with veterinarians and groomers , as well as borders, as we put their yet unborn grand kids through college.
The most used words in our vocabulary would not be: out, sit,down, come, no, stay, back, and leave him/her/it ALONE.
Our house/deck/yard would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.
My pockets/car would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash.
We would no longer have to Spell the words C-O-O-K-I-E, F-R-I-S-B-E- E, W-A-L-K, B-A-L-L, OR CAR.
We would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside. [Well maybe on that one]
We would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.
I'd look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading "mud" season. [Again a maybe]
We would not have to answer the question "Why do you have so many animals?" from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get. How empty our life would be. PS We have twenty-two new ducklings as of 6 am this morning. Twenty more due soon and that is not counting what is under the three geese and one Mom Call duck nesting!

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