Thank god for my pets, especially now that I am alone, (I don’t have any children). They really keep me company. I have a 10 year old Shepperd mix that was rescued as a pup, a 6 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, acquired as a pup from a breeder and a 10 year old calico cat from a rescue as well. All females.
If it wasn’t for them, I would be 10 times more lonely then I already am. They keep me busy with their daily care and from being a total couch potato when I am not working. I feel bad for the dogs during the winter though, it’s just too cold for me to go out and play with them so they don’t get as much exercise at the moment. At least I have a fenced in yard so they can go out by themselves.
In the beginning, when he left, they used to go to the window, when they heard a car door shut outside. Now, after 9 months, that doesn’t faze them anymore. Don’t get me wrong, they still go crazy when they see or hear anything outside but it’s definitely different now.
Pets are not cheap though, especially the 2 large dogs. Their food, their vet visits, their pet insurance(totally worth having), and they are both on meds. This has made my monthly budget really tight. And it’s not the life style I would have chosen as a single woman. I cant go anywhere overnight with out hiring in home pet sitting. Luckily, I have a couple people I can call on at the moment. This also costs money.
I can’t believe that he not only walked out on me but also these great animals, that he supposedly loved so much. I didn’t want to split the dogs up, even though they aren’t best buds, they definitely have grown closer over the years. I am thankful that he didn’t take them and I have them by my side, giving me love and purpose every day.