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Feb 10, 2011

Animal House, only married

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The ideas of pets may not seem related to relationships, but it sure is.  Pets are effectively like people, and quickly become the part of a family.  The idea of getting a pet then, can also have implications in married life. 

I talked last time about having children, but in some ways that also ties into this topic.  I have been thinking about getting a pet lately, but I realize that there are alot of dynamics at play here.  Firstly, Dahlia is a cat person, and I am a dog person.  It is a simple fact, cat people and dog people are two different types of people.  For example, cat people love to pamper their cats, spoil them, and often put them on a higher pedestal than their spouse.  No offense to you cat people out there, but cat’s get on my nerves!  They aren’t obedient, scratch and claw, are arrogant and self-centered creatures.  They often thumb their nose at you and expect you to cater to their every whim.  Not to mention, cat fur makes me allergic and sneezy, and the litter box smells horrible!

On the other hand, dogs are loyal, can be taught and trained, are highly intelligent, poop outside(if trained well), and are always happy to see you.  I would pick a dog any day. 

But I can’t change Dahlia’s preference for cats, that’s just the way she is.  She loves them.  So I realize that in a way it represents marriage.  People can bend, but they can’t break, and people are just different.  I have to accept others for who they are even if I don’t understand where they are coming from.  So, if I want to get a dog, I’m going to have to be prepared to get a cat too.  The perfect essence of compromise…sneezy and itchy compromise.

Kit Rodgers