Post # 1
Sometimes, in real life but especially on boards like these, I feel like I’m the only one who isn’t into pets. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t dislike animals! I love other people’s pets. I also love to leave them with their owners when I’m done petting them! Luckily H feels the same way – we just don’t want to have any pets.
Are we totally weird? Anyone else out there prefer not to have pets?
Post # 3
I’m fine either way. I never had a pet until 2 years ago. I only got one because my husband grew up with dogs and really wanted one. Sure, I love my dog and will be heartbroken when he’s no longer with us, but i’d be ok never owning another dog. I’m sure my husband will want another and we’ll always have one though and I’m ok with that too.
Post # 4
I couldn’t live without mine. As a kid I wasn’t allowed to have pets because my little sister had asthma. It made me sad because I loved animals and all my friends had either a cat or dog. As an adult I really enjoy having my cats and I couldn’t imagine living without any pet. They give me so much affection and make me laugh, I love the interaction when they come see me and ask for affection, then roll on my lap, purring. The sound relaxes me and comforts me. But I have to say, there are a lot of pets I would never consider having. I’m not a dog person. I’d like to have many cats and maybe chicken and rabbits later, but that’s pretty much it.
Post # 5
@oneofthesethings: I cannot envision life without animals in my home.
Post # 6
I have a pet. I adore her. But I am not one of those crazy animal people who thinks my dog is my child. My dog is just that, my dog. She’s a family pet. She’s part of our family and her role is our family dog. Crazy pet people drive me crazy. I wouldn’t say I don’t like pets though. Just like they are open about their pet craziness I am open about how I think they are insane for thinking a dog is a child or an equivalent.
Post # 7
@oneofthesethings: I love other people’s pets, but I’m on the fence about whether I want my own. Right now, I’m in NO financial or logistical position to have any. Eventually, my man and I want to travel a lot, including long visits to his home country-pet care is difficult to come by/expensive!
Even if we do eventually get a pet, I don’t want one until after we have kids. People say pets are good practice for children, but personally I want to spend my last childfree years sleeping late and not having to clean up anyone’s poop!
Post # 8
We live in apartment that doesn’t allow animals. It is KILLING me, I want a dog so badly. We both grew up with dogs.
I saw an article the other day about all the dogs that have been abandoned in Detroit and I broke down sobbing because I know I could give one or two homeless dogs a wonderful life but our landlord won’t let us.
We will be looking to move once I get a new job, and you’d better believe we will be moving to a dog-friendly apartment.
Post # 9
I have always had at least 2 pets at any time, since I was born. I am a huge animal lover and can not imagine my life without a dog! My FI is EXTREMELY allergic though. I won’t be able to take my golden retriever with me when we move in together (which is OK as I have been living with my parents, and he is extremely attached to their dog and vice versa). We have all agreed that this is what is best, and I will still come over to walk him and play with him so I’m not just up and leaving forever. FI have talked about trying to get a dog in the future that has less dander (like a poodle or something along those lines). He was never a dog person until he spent time with mine, and now he wants one! I just hope we can find something that will work with his terrible allergies – I honestly can not imagine my life without a dog… But ultimately I would rather have my FI, so if it absolutely can not work, I can accept that.
Post # 10
I’ve always had at least a Betta fish since I moved out of my parent’s home. I recently got guinea pigs on the suggestion of my doctor and I realized how much I missed having pets. They hang out with me when my FI is gone, which is a lot of the time. They wheek when I open the fridge or rustle something plastic and popcorn with happy squeaks when I feed them or play with them. I find it very rewarding to make my pigs happy. They are so goofy and make me laugh every day which is really helping my anxiety and depression. I also started sewing things for their cage and in so doing have found a new hobby. I wouldn’t say that they are like my kids, but they are valued and loved members of our household.
Post # 11
I love animals, but strongly dislike pets. I think they are cute, and will be nice to them, but I refuse to ever have one in my house. It’s weird because I’m a vegetarian, love animals in the wild, and am concerned about their welfare. I just don’t want them near me!
Post # 12
I’ve always had pets, mostly dogs, and once an awesome bird (Zebra finch). However, they’ve all passed away into animal heaven and right now my husband and I are enjoying our current petless state.
More than likely we’ll have a dog again, we both love dogs, but right now we’re too busy to be good pet parents and dogs deserve and need lots of attention. As soon as we can devote the proper care to a dog, we’ll get one but not until then. I’m thinking retirement, when we can take on the responsibility again.
Post # 13
I’m a crazy animal person. I prefer animals over people. Always will.
Post # 14
I would have a house FILLED with animals if if I could afford it!!!!
Post # 15
eh, I’ve had em. I like pets (to a certain point) but I can’t stand my neighbors’ pets (on both sides of my house). I’m more concerned for the safety of my 3 children. I’ve had my landlord have the owners tie them up (they used to let them loose and they are huge and there are 3 of them) when I got sick of them terrifying my kids. I’m ready to move though I know I can’t avoid moving into another home where my neighbors have pets. That’s why my requirement for a house is a fenced in yard.
Post # 16
I feel like I could replace every single use of the word “pets” in your original post with the word “children”…