Thursday, March 20, 2008

Let's be honest

In preparing ourselves for this move we have had to make a lot of decisions. There has been a lot of discussion as to what should go and what should stay with us in this transition. One of those items up for debate: the animals. We have two cats and two dogs, all animals that we acquired as individuals before we were married and then merged into our family plus baby. Of course we love our animals, but they certainly are just that now;animals. Not the babies that we used to treat them like, really they are largely ignored now, if not treated as an annoyance. During the day I have the demands of MR to meet, and by the end of the day we are more likely to greet them with a 'shush, don't wake the baby' then a good doggy pat. We continue to go back and forth on this issue. We're responsible for these animals, we made the decision to get them in the first place. But in the end? We aren't very good pet owners when we are so focused on being good parents. Especially being in limbo for as long as we have, and making as many frequent trips back home as we do, they really are leading a rather dull existence. We are hoping that when we finish with this move and are settled in our new house that we will be able to change this. There are a lot of factors that prevent our spending any attention on the animals right now that are tied in to the move and the reasons for it. So hopefully when the dust settles things will get better in that department. If not, well we are going to have to make some tough decisions.


pianomomsicle said...

i keep counting my blessings that my kitty lives at my parent's house, as i would be a terrible pet owner at this point.
If your pets have each other, however, their existence can't be entirely boring:)

Pregnantly Plump said...

I understand how you feel. We have two cats (had a larger menagerie, but our move to more expensive parts with the possible lack of a yard caused us to give up our dog.) We got the cats because I wanted them, and now I usually fuss about them. I still enjoy them sometimes, but I feel incredibly guilty about my change in feelings. The good thing is that Little Elvis ADORES them. I hope your decision won't be too difficult.