We have always been animal lovers. One of the things we had in common when meeting was a childhood yearning for a dog neither of us ever had one but walked other peoples. So once we had our own home, pets were quickly on the agenda!
Choosing The Right Pet
As much as we wanted a dog at the time we both worked full time at the same time all day, we wanted to re-home from an animal shelter and we knew they wouldn’t agree it, with good reason, (professional dog walkers didn’t exist then) Even with decent walks before and after work, any dog would be left a long time, 5 days a week. We were not able to return at lunch time either. So as much as we wanted a dog, we made the decision to wait and ended up sounding like our parents! Thankfully the https://www.rspca.org.uk/ allowed us an adult cat, we named her Hattie, she was amazing and settled in immediately. A year later our work patterns changed to shifts, and we felt we could better accommodate a dog. Badger then joined our family.
Even if you are not buying a pet from an animal charity, they do offer great advice, and help you consider both the needs for yourself and the animal. There is nothing more miserable, costly and stressful for both yourself and your pet with a wrong choice. I particularly like the PDSAs super quick Get Pet Wise questionnaire which helps you decide, which kind of pet would be a good match for you and your lifestyle.
In the UK according to the PDSA paw report 50% of UK adults own a pet. There are currently an estimated 10.9 million pet cats, 9.9 million pet dogs and 900 000 pet rabbits. Obviously there are a multitude of other pets besides dogs,cats and rabbits. In the US according to the National Pet Ownership Survey 2019-2020 67% of US households or about 85 million families, own a pet.Continue reading “Meet Our Pets”