Or two dogs.
We’ve been dog owners for five years now. For almost a year, we have had two of them. Everyone should have a dog.
On one level they are a massive inconvenience. They cost lots of money. They create logistical challenges. They smell. You have to pick up poo. Owning a dog is an extra responsibility.
On another level, there are great benefits. The dogs have expanded the family. We got RTL at a time when things were very tricky with our boys, and – to a degree- she was therapeutic. Families are often too small and too intense; dogs expand the family in a helpful way.
And there’s the walking. It could be seen as a hassle, giving the girls two walks a day. Isn’t that a waste of time? Not at all. Taking time out every day to go for a walk is really healthy, both for the body and the mind. I find it a really important component of the day, adding a bit of balance to my rather odd work life.
It would be easier not to have dogs, but they bring a richness to our lives that is worth the price we pay. Pictured top is an autumnal scene from this morning’s walk on Hounslow Heath.