I love pets..trust me
I just don't want any....
We had a fish, it lived well over a year.. we have not replaced him...the fish tank is nicely stored away...
Plants die in my house...need I say more??
The issue then becomes reinforcing our no pets allowed rule for visitors
Case in point:
Friend: "We want to come see the babies!! "
Me: For sure, come on by!!
Friend: "We will bring OUR new addition....a puppy, Cole will LOVE it!"
Tim and I decided when we were married that we would not have pets...children would be enough work for us....and we had jobs/lifestyles that were truly unfair to any pet (unless of course the pet could go without food for 14 hours a day and did not need to be walked or played with)
We have encountered a few episodes of people bringing pets to our home and then being offended when we insist the dog stay in the garage for the visit.
Maybe to the dog owner, but it's also rude to bring a dog to a house where you are unsure of the rules. Allergies could be present, a fear of dogs, you never know. Best to clarify before an uncomfortable confrontation results
So I am once again faced with the doggy debate...how to politely accept a visit....minus the furry addition!