30 Thoughts Before 30: #29: “I Kind of Want a Dog”

I had two dogs growing up. My parents currently have two silver labs. My oldest sister has one, that will soon have a baby to contend with.

My parent’s dogs: Bryson and Riley.

Many people have expressed in their own way of saying that dogs are better than humans. I can’t think of a truer statement.

In my neighborhood, it is not uncommon to see people walking their dogs, taking them to local establishments that allow them inside and they always trigger that part of my brain that releases dopamine. I just can’t get enough of them.

I mean, just look at some of these guys and girls….

Big dogs, little dogs, medium dogs: it doesn’t matter.

There’s nothing better than when a dog is excited to see you, jumps up (which some owners try to discourage) and even if that dog is seeing you for the first time, it acts like it has known you forever.

My parent’s dogs can be jumpers. They’re also chewers. I can home for the first time in almost a year and found that they had chewed up the tags on a couple throw rugs in the kitchen and living room. Despite that, they’re great.

I never really got to know our family’s first dog Sammie very well, but Grady, who was a black lab mix, was $50, the runt of the litter and a fantastic dog. He passed away in the spring of 2016, which hit me and everyone in the family hard. My mom adopted Bryson and Riley several months later. They’re fantastic companions for my folks as their house is nearly empty.

Grady. Top picture was the last picture I took of him on Easter Sunday 2016.

I could make a few adjustments to make adoption possible, but there are a few things that make it hard

My work schedule and the size of my apartment are a few reasons why I am holding off. Also, having a dog is like having a child. Couples usually adopt a dog to see how they would be as parents. They both will cost you money and are big responsibilities

Until the time is right for both me and my future furry roommate, I’ll just continue to enjoy the presence of other dogs I see around town.

Also, it’s cool many of the local breweries allow them inside. Dogs and beer are good combination.

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