- Mrs. Honeybee
- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
So I really want to get a puppy. Like, really, really, really want to get a puppy. I always had a dog growing up, and without any family in the area, I get a little lonely sometimes. My husband and I love dogs, and we’ve always had every intention of getting a puppy as soon as we feel that we’re able to take care of one.
However, I’m not sure WHEN we’ll be able to take care of one. We live in a one bedroom apartment, and it’s not very big: there’s just the kitchen, the living room, the bedroom, and the bathroom. We want a small dog (I’ve been thinking a coton de tulear), but I’m worried about how difficult it might be to give the dog a quality life in such a small space. I’ve read that cotons are fine with apartments so long as you take them on a daily walk (which would be no problem), but we don’t even have a fenced in yard outside the apartment building. Every time it had to go to the bathroom, we’d have to take it out on a leash, and the only exercise it’d get would be when we took it for walks.
We had planned to wait until we could afford to buy a house to get a puppy, but to be honest, I have no idea if or when that’ll happen. We live in New Jersey, and housing prices + high property taxes make buying a house out of our budget for quite a while. And that really, really depresses me, because I’m getting to the point where I just really, really want a puppy, like, right now. I don’t want to wait until some point in the future that may be five or even ten years away. I’m 27, and I’ve already reconciled myself to the fact that children might be a ways off. I can hardly bear to think that we won’t even be able to get a pet for several more years too.
Although our living situation isn’t ideal, in some ways, now would be a good time to get a puppy. I don’t work on Mondays and Tuesdays, and my husband is home on Wednesdays, so Thursdays and Fridays would be the only time the dog would have to be by itself. Also, my boss loves dogs; she’d be totally understanding of me running home on my lunch break to let the puppy out while it’s new and we’re housebreaking it. Heck, she’d probably even try to convince me to bring it to work with me! We don’t travel very much, and we’re responsible homebodies. We take walks in the evenings, and it would be no trouble to simply take the dog with us.
So, please, bees. Tell me about your experiences raising a dog in a small apartment. Or tell me that I’m being irresponsible to even consider it. As much as I really want a dog, I don’t want to get one if it means that it won’t be happy/healthy in the environment we can provide for it. My husband definitely has his doubts about whether or not now is the right time for us, so maybe it would be for the best to wait. I would really appreciate hearing your honest opinions on whether or not this is a good idea, because I’m afraid my puppy fever might be clouding my judgment. Thank you so much. 🙂