Things You Should Never Do On Impulse #1 ~ Get A Pet!
Although I’d like to think I’m quite a calculated guy, I’m also an impulsive one. When it comes to finances I tend to weigh up every move I make and some people (namely my wife!) might say I’m overly cautious. Even with all this over thinking I’ve still fallen foul on occasion, doing things I hadn’t really thought through. Some of these impulsive decisions have worked out brilliantly and I wouldn’t change them for the world, others have caused me no end of grief and really show why you shouldn’t act on impulse!
That Fateful Day
Getting a pet is one of those things I completely underestimated!
When my wife and I first got married we spent a lot of time walking out in the countryside. We often saw other happy couples walking along with their cute dogs and regularly talked of getting a dog ourselves. One day we drove past a farm that was advertising sheepdog puppies for sale. I’d always loved border collies and being the impulsive person that I am I decided to pull over and take a look.
A word of advice to anyone out there who is thinking of buying a pet. If you’re not completely sure don’t go looking at them, especially not the cute baby ones!
Not only did we buy a dog, we somehow managed to buy the most energetic, excitable dog known to man. I quickly realised what I’d let myself in for when I came home to find our puppy chewing through our dining room chairs and doing its doggy business on the carpet. Then we had to find the time to walk it every day and as I’ve mentioned this was no ordinary dog. I used to take it to the park for half an hour every day throwing a ball for it to fetch but no matter what I did this dog just wouldn’t tire out. Even after hours of walking, a 10 minute nap would be enough to revitalize our dog to do it all again. I wish I had that kind of energy!
Then there was the extra cost of owning a pet. After a few days of bringing our new family addition home I started to see how much food dogs actually eat! On top of that there were the injections, micro-chipping and pet insurance, our dog wasn’t the one time purchase I thought it would be.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Although my wife and I loved the idea of having a pet we didn’t really think through the implications of our lifestyle. We both worked full-time, led socially active lives and weren’t at home as often as we thought we were. We were also away visiting family a lot, family who weren’t all that thrilled at the thought of us bringing a dog along for the ride.
We quickly started to feel sorry for our poor energetic dog. I’m happy to say she now lives on a farm with plenty of space to burn off all that energy. If we’d have thought through the implications of pet ownership, I would have never have stopped the car that day.
I don’t want people thinking I didn’t care for our dog, I really did and I’m certainly not saying that people shouldn’t get a pet if they want to, just don’t do it on an impulse.