Which is more rewarding for the unattached dog lover: dating or Dog Sitting? In this article, Sydney Pet Sitter and wordsmith Odette McCarthy compares the two!
The other day I Googled ‘dogs and dates’. The first line I read was: “Dates should be shared sparingly, maybe one or two at a time periodically.’ I thought that was oddly optimised for Google, until I read the subsequent sentence, which also suited my initial intentions. “Too many dates can cause digestive upset.” Well, they sure can! So if you’re interested in dating, what should you be looking for at this time in your life? Will Dog Sitting help you find what you’ve been endlessly searching for? Which would be the perfect partner you have been pining for – pooch or person?
Fellows, fur, and food
Sharing can prove a difficult task for both dating partner and dog. In this regard, I consider them more like sly snack snatching snakes, rather than soulmate or sidekick. Beware, these food fanatical, meal munching, grub grabbing nibble-nappers will sneakily snitch your savouries or sweets. And if you refuse to share, it’s hard to know who would be more offended. A partner may be more vocal about it, but a pooch may incessantly tap-tap-taperoo at you or give you literal puppy dog eyes. Which would you rather deal with? Take your pick from these pinching pilferers.
The awkward vs the authentic of your dating activities
One major plus on the pooch side is that he will never allow for an awkward moment. Unnatural banter and dastardly dates will be a thing of your profligate past. In fact, doggo holds no judgements against you. You can wear what you like, get a crazy hairdo, grow as tall as your natural body wants you to without judgement, without being concerned what your other half will think and whether they will leave you for some petty reason such as appearance. Doggo makes no judgements based on looks. They will be more impressed with the fact that you, this incredible human being, are spending time with them!
If you are late or postpone a date, doggo doesn’t get hung up… He only cares that you still come to see him. Doggo doesn’t care if you are shovelling fries into your gob hole alone at 3am; they care only if some chippies might drop so they can join in the enjoyment. Minding a mongrel means not being categorised as ‘strange’ or ‘weird’. I tend to engage in crazy chat to most people in my life, only a few of whom understand my meaning. You can talk, you can sing, you can be the Shakespeare of this generation to any pup and he will wag his tail just because you have been courteous enough to talk to him. No ‘nutty’ judgement nonsense.
Lovey-dovey dog dirt
Are you the type of person to be swept off your feet by a rose-ravished romantic rendezvous, or does the thought of amorous activities scare you? Perhaps you can’t cope with the concept of somebody’s creepy, cringe-worthy caress over your clavicle?
With a bow-wow, the only bones you will have to bear on your body are their beef briskets. Indeed, there is no need to attempt to impress with forced flirtation. The choice is also yours on whether you have a bed buddy. You can even choose the amount of silence or sentiment you put into those long walks on the beach (or on your visit to the the dog park).
In short, there is no faking emotions when sticking by yours and pupper’s devotions. It’s amazing how compromise and puppy dog eyes seem to arise more in humans.
Dating mess vs doggo mess
This is a difficult comparison, as it would appear you have yourself a slobbery suitor whether they be stray or spouse. For which putrid partner are you ready to remove rubbish and riff raff? With who would you rather share your immediate life? With either of the pair, prepare to pick up doodads and dog dirt or dishes and dirty drawers. Are you ready for the disarray that comes with a doggo or the discombobulation inherent in a doublet? Will you opt for a filthy Fido or a chaotic cohort? Both can be there for you, both attempt to understand you, but who can keep tidier terrain?
I find a dog’s relationship intention is clear and succinct – companionship. In other words, they want to be with you. A partner, by contrast, can be persnickety. He may be after more than just emotional intimacy. There will be more to compromise. Maybe they’re just seeking a maid to manage their muddle, or maybe they just want to meddle with your mind. In whom have you met your major mess making match? Will it be man or will it be mutt?
With a dog there will be nothing clearer. You come first, always, in every circumstance. A dog will provide unconditional love. Aside from food, shelter, cuddles, and on-demand dog walks, they will expect little in return. A partner can be a considerable amount more conditional. There will the more to compromise, in food, in prudence, in romanticism and in clutter-some crib conundrums. In the end, I can’t see anything better in this world than being completely and utterly loved and accepted when just being your true and utter self… amirite?