Hey everyone! It’s approaching the 4th anniversary of our dog Hollie passing away so I thought now was a good time to write about my thought processes in us getting another pooch!
So! When Hollie had left us, it took me quite a while to get over the pain. I didn’t want to ever feel the way I did in the vet’s room, ever again. It was such a raw and horrid feeling, I just couldn’t seem to understand why we should put ourselves through it again. Yes, I know there are countless people who have got another dog after their previous one had passed away, and it does sound a little over-dramatic. But I suppose that’s what grief does to you. Hollie was my first pet as an adult, and she’d been there to greet all 3 of our girls into the world. Ok, not exactly there in the room but she was part of the family when they were all born. She let all of the girls get away with murder, especially Aimie who decided to stick her thumb in Hollie’s eye one day! CRINGE! I think she loved them as much as they loved her not only because they were always giving her attention and lots of cuddles, but also because they kept dropping their food when they were eating lol!
She was such a funny, loving, protective and yappy dog. We honestly wouldn’t ever have another like her. She had the smelliest breath I’ve ever known when she reached her senior years, Dentastix just weren’t cutting it and there was no way she’d let me brush her teeth lol! When she was younger, we let her sleep in bed with us. Yes, I know, a lot of people frown upon it and think it’s gross. But she comforted me when we were in bed by laying behind my legs, in the crease of my knees… and then stuck her claws into the back of Ant’s haha. As she got older, she got a bit moodier than she was before, and she couldn’t hold her toilets in as well as before so we had to make her sleep downstairs in her own bed.
Anyway, this is supposed to be about getting a new dog! We’ve toyed with the idea, and about a year after losing Hollie, I got a 9-5 job which then meant that nobody would be home during the day. This was, and still is the main reason we still haven’t got a new pet pooch. It’s just not fair to leave a dog on it’s own for long, especially when they’re still settling in.
A few other reasons… when we first got Hollie, our flat wasn’t all that great, and we hadn’t lived there very long so we didn’t have nice furniture or even nice flooring. Now, we’re just getting the house how we want it and only have a couple of rooms to decorate before it’s finished. I can’t help but think that a doggy would kind of ruin it in the respect of us having to install a stair gate (as the pup would have to stay in the hallway when nobody’s home). Carpets getting ruined while we get the dog house trained. Things being chewed up… Hollie chewed up Ant’s brand new Xbox controller when she was little (whoops!), and she even used to chew the corners of walls ffs!! As well as all that, we’d have to find someone to look after the dog while we went away, even for a night.
It all just seems a bit too much hassle for us at the moment to be honest! I’m sure the right time will come one day and we’ll find our new family pet, but now just doesn’t sit right with me.
Having said that, I have absolutely fallen in love with Beagles!! We have quite a small house and garden, and although I’d take it for regular walks, I don’t think it’d be fair to keep a huge dog like a German shepherd! Beagles are such pretty dogs, and by all accounts they have great temperaments. So, when we’re finally ready to get another doggy, I think this will be the breed that we’ll prefer!