Having a dog

In two days Bettina's owners are going to be home from their vacation. It's kind of sad to think about it, I might just have to buy a little dog. I wasn't sure if I'd like to have a dog, I have already given it a lot of thought because Ken really wants one and I kind of want a dog of my own, but I've never had one before. I wasn't sure how I felt having it around all the time because I very much so need my own space and hate commitments like that and the idea of much more planning every time I want to travel. Things like that are a turn off to me, especially since I love being spontaneous and going for trips, but I can't always afford a kennel on the day just like that. Also because I love being independent, do what I want and go where I want without having to count or depend on anybody, which I would have to if someone was going to watch the dog.

I have found that I love having Bettina around, though. I love that she gets so excited to see me all the time and that she forces me out of the house and loves walking with me. I love walking in general, but I don't always do it without anybody or an agenda. So I really enjoy that she kind of makes me go out several times a day. 

I feel like I have gotten to know this neighborhood on a whole new level after I started walking her several times a day. I don't know why I've missed out on it sooner, maybe I zone out and think about other things when I walk alone, but this neighborhood is FULL of unusual people!!

I think the idea of buying a ten year commitment, like a dog, is kind of foolish in a way. I have no idea if I'll be able to afford vet bills when it's ill and I'm still so young. I'd never be one of those people who buy a dog and and don't walk it. 

I have to admit, though, I do really want one. I love the 'love' part of it and Bettina has made me more happy than unhappy so far. I won't get one too soon because I'm not very settled at the moment, but watching Bettina for the last three weeks has given me a better idea of what it's like to have a dog of my own for sure.