It’s unfair that exactly the people who could use a pet are too often the people who can’t always take care of them.
Yesterday I received a phone call from a neighbor. She called to ask if I could recommend a dog sitter – one who could stay in her home for a week or so. I know from past experience how difficult it is to find someone for this.
This neighbor’s dog died this year, but she’s considering getting another one and wants to make sure she has all her ducks in a row before she commits. Her husband died four years ago, and now she misses having a pet to greet her and keep her company.
The problem is, she may leave to visit a friend in the winter, thus the advance search for a sitter. Her health sounds a bit sketchy, too, in addition to her being 75.
How would she walk a dog when her back goes out? It was hard to know what to advise.
Then last night I had an epiphany.
People should adopt dogs together. Two people who live separately could share a dog, trading off every other week like visitation rights. Voila – built in sitter, fallback for those health emergencies. One owner could walk the dog in the morning, the other in the evening, and wouldn’t it be nice to have someone to share vet expenses with?
|Our much-missed Mamie. Best dog ever.|