Sunday, January 8, 2012
10 Reasons to Adopt a Small Dog
1. Small dogs are like hybrid cars. They consume less--so they're good for your budget.
2. Also like hybrids, their output will cause less pollution to your atmosphere, be it your yard or your patio.
3. They're easy to park. Sharing a couch or a bed with a couple of large dogs can be like flying economy. Go first class with a small dog and stretch out.
4. Small dogs can fly in a carryon under your seat on some airlines. No more dog boarding bills and lots of companionship.
5. If you do have to board your dog, it will cost less. You might even have a better chance of getting a friend to dog-sit.
6. Small dogs make people say, "Awwww...."
7. Busy? Your day scheduled from dawn until dusk? A small dog is less likely to tip over your dining room chairs while waiting for a walk.
8. Resolving to exercise more in the new year? An energetic small dog can give you just as much exercise as a big one.
9. Speaking of exercise, a small dog can fit in a bicycle basket. There's probably a cool spandex bicycle outfit for your small dog out there in the bizarre world of dog clothes. Maybe a helmet and some goggles. Go ahead, be a topic of conversation in your neighborhood.
10. Smaller breeds tend to have longer life spans. Chihuahua might be Spanish for "20 years of love."
After walking dogs at the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society today, I learned that one of my favorite little dogs, Ian, got adopted. Ian is a chubby ten-year-old chihuahua mix with a condition that has caused the hair on his tail to fall out in a weirdly interesting spiral pattern. He has a couple of thin patches elsewhere on his coat, too. He is sweet and cuddly, and not all that excited about serious exercise. I've spent most of my time with Ian sitting on the grass in the park rubbing his belly. I would tell him that he needed a couch and a remote, not a walk. He always agreed. Now he's got that.
With my travel back and forth to the east coast, and a possible relocation in the fall, I still don't feel the time is right to adopt a dog, myself. But every time I walk Humane Society dogs, I play a little game of what if.