I have a terrible case of dog fever…
Disclaimer: I love dogs, and currently, it seems like everyone has a dog. Everyone except me. I envy the long strolls, the comfort, and the happiness dogs bring. Still, the costs and responsibilities of caring for a dog caution me away from investing in one. I am a college student juggling a busy schedule, without a job, and commuting from the campus to my apartment multiple times a day. I am rarely home for long intervals.
Dogs need someone committed to attention and training, and given my situation, I cannot provide a dog with that. So, I occasionally spend my free time perusing through the local animal shelters, gathering information on the adoption process, peeking at current pets available at the shelter, and hoping—selfishly and naively hoping—some will be there when I finally make the decision.
I am seriously considering a pet in graduate school. Not in the immediate future, of course. However, if I obtain funding, which could eliminate my need for a part-time job (Therefore, it would provide me with more free time.), I would certainly adopt a dog. Age, breed, name, and appearance are not my concerns. Any dog would do. In fact, just knowing that I saved one dog is enough for me. This is the four-legged dream I envision for myself. This dream, while so attractive, is not likely to be fulfilled in the next year or two. Nevertheless, I hope it will be soon. So, until then, I will continue envying and swooning every person that has a dog.