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I didn’t really want a dog, I am a cat person!
I was somewhat coerced into the idea of getting a dog by my husband and daughter who offered to dogsit a friend’s whilst they were on holiday. I had started to want another cat but knew in reality that wasn’t currently the best choice of pet for our family. The children wanted an animal to enjoy and generally in my experience, cats prefer not to be fussed by children.
I was the person who needed convincing because it will always fall to me to care for the chosen pet. Whilst any pet is a commitment, a dog felt like a big one with walks, training etc. One of the biggest arguments for getting a dog is companionship and that wasn’t something I wanted, I didn’t like the idea that a dog would fuss for my attention during the day when I need to get things done.
I never understood the companionship thing and now I do. It’s not the dog that brings the companionship but getting out with the dog means you meet people. This is another thing I would’ve claimed not to have needed but at the same time we got Rigby a couple of people with similar age children got dogs too and we all walk them around the same time each morning.
It was like a toddler group for puppies and means most days I spend some time with people in a very similar life stage as me. The adult conversation is welcome, sometimes it’s just about dogs but on our walks, we discuss anything and everything and I now have a new group of people I feel I can ask for advice and support if needed. The conversation and a walk outdoors each morning clears my mind for the day ahead and when we get home, Rigby falls asleep and doesn’t fuss for attention at all.
Rigby has filled a gap in my life I didn’t know was missing but not the cat shaped one! He also brings a lot of fun to the family in general as all pets do. Petplan Pet Insurance is celebrating this with their Pethood Stories campaign which they’ve run alongside the largest pet ownership census conducted to date. In the Petplan Pet Census 2018, over 60,000 pet owners have provided unrivalled insight into the lives and attitudes of the UK’s pet-owning households and their furry friends.
I believe he brings the children the same quiet peace of mind and comfort, I’ve seen each one look to him for hugs when they’ve been feeling a little sorry for themselves. He usually positions himself in a central location in the home so he knows what everyone is up and can quickly get to the centre of any action. This is usually in the hallway or landing which means he’s often a tripping hazard but also a companion for any child if they wake in the night. He has crawled in beside Felicity before I got to her room when she’s been upset by a bad dream and this has soothed her back to sleep almost instantly.
Somehow even with the extra needs and responsibility a pet brings, the space he takes up and the equipment he needs, Rigby has brought a content calmness to the family and I’m very pleased I was convinced to get him.
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