we Didn't Have a Dog
could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.
house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.
flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free
the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.
the doorbell rings, we could get to the door without wading
through fuzzy bodies who beat us there.
could sit on the couch and the bed the way we wanted, without
taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies
would need to get comfortable.
would have money, and no guilt to go on a real vacation.
would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as
we put their yet unborn grandkids through college.
most used words in our vocabulary would not be: out, sit,
down, come, no, stay, and leave it ALONE.
house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates
would not talk 'baby talk': 'Eat your din din'. 'Yummy yummy
for the tummy'....
house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.
pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and
an extra leash.
would no longer have to spell the words:
B-A-L-L, W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T, O-U-T, G-O, R-I-D-E, C-O-O-K-I-E
would not have as many leaves INSIDE the house as outside.
would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog
ties them down too much.
would look forward to spring and the rainy season instead
of dreading 'mud' season.
would not have to answer the question 'Why do you have so
many animals?' from people who will never have the joy in
their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone
as close to an angel as they will ever get.
How empty life would