Inspired by this fantastic bit from Steve Hofstetter. Hofstetter jokes about people rescuing dogs and not kids. Adoption is long, complicated and expensive and dogs are much less maintenance.
-You can leave a dog alone for 6-8 hours and nobody gets upset. You can leave a cat for literally days with adequate supplies and still not be in trouble.
-My dogs will never have to go to college, expect the latest iProduct, or be a target for annoying advertising.
-If I get sick or lose my job and can’t afford to care for another living thing, I can rehome a pet without the state getting involved.
-I will never feel obligated to give up my Saturday, spend too much money on equipment and enrollment fees, and then sit on a field to watch my dog chase a ball with other dogs in matching outfits. Bonus: No bat shit parents taking sports waaaaay to seriously.
-My dog will never come home from doggy day care and need me to help with math homework. I didn’t like trig the first time.
-Want to go on a vacation? There are a variety of professional services that will watch my dog at my home, their home, or a business. There are none of the above for children.
I want kids and I want dogs but I’ll readily admit one is easier than the other.