Does anyone who owns pets have days that they really wish they didn't have pets? Even though you might really love your pets? Seriously, I would like to know.
The dog, Angus the black lab, that we are babysitting (see more here) is still at our house. He could be here for up to a month more. So right now we're trying to decide what we really want; do the good things about having a dog outweigh the bad things? If we want to, we can keep him. Or he could go home or find a new home.
When you have kids, you know it will be hard, but they're your kids and you love them. Don't mind the vomit in your hands, the poop on your clothes, the screaming, sleepless nights, dirty windows, back-talking, and messes everywhere. On the flip side you have cuddles galore, lots of entertainment, someone(s) who want to hold your hand (obviously I have small children), phrases like "Mom, you're my friend forever," endless lego imagination, wonder at every small thing, a viewpoint from somewhere your unaccustomed to seeing from, and an opportunity to serve small human beings who happen to be your family.
So I'm just trying to get to the backbone of the dog thing. Please help me.
Cons: Angus is an indoor dog = lots of hair in the house. He's always trying to sit on the furniture, but getting better (although I caught him trying out my bed this morning, not cool). Picking up poop in our yard and on walks. Having a dog crate in our living space. I love our open area. I tried putting him in the garage in his crate but he just barked until we moved him back inside. He's 7-years-old and used to a certain way. My almost 2-year-old boy dumping out his food all over the floor. Licking himself...so gross. Bolting from the front door if he happens to sneak out, like he did this morning. I had a quick jog all around our neighborhood, but thanks to a neighbor we were able to corner him about 3 streets away. Or also today, Angus discovering that our rabbit is still here and he was digging frantically in the mud to get under the fence to Pinky the rabbit. We had to give him a bath in the tub, mud and hair everywhere.
Pros: The kids love to play with him. Angus is very patient, except for hiding from 1-year-old hitter, yes I have one of those. Yesterday 6 children had him as the center of his play. At one point he had a cape, his leash, and a gold medal hanging off him. He just looked at my like "what's happening?" The kids talk about getting a black dog after he leaves, my 5-year-old said we could even name that dog "Anus" after "Angus"! I made sure to explain that "anus" was a real thing, and probably not something we wanted to name a dog. She agreed! They love to pet him and love him. They love to compete with who can make him sit or not. They like to take him for walks, and it's fun to walk with them as they talk our ears off. It's the best to hear their little voices.
I need your input. Is it worth it?
Now for some food! I love this combo and look forward to eating more of it already. I've seen lots of recipes for black bean burritos and was going to attempt one with squash, but this is what it became. Solid comfort food to me. If you want to wrap it in a tortilla, that would be good too.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad
1 onion, diced
1 large sweet potato, diced to 1/4" cubes
1 15.25 ounce can corn, drained
1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 4 ounce can diced green chilies
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper
Saute onion and sweet potato until the onions are translucent and sweet potatoes tender. Add the corn, black beans, green chilies, and garlic and cook until all heated through. Add cilantro and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve on a bed of mixed greens. Mine were romaine, spinach, kale, and sprouts.