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Are you really saying that spending time with your pet is a waste of your time?
If it is a dog, yes. They are very excited, which excites me. That's not what I want in a pet. An animal that can calm me down and make me laugh, a cat or turtle or fish, is what I need in my home. Not a stress causer with a schedule of his own.
You should not be giving your dog yearly vaccinations.
Oo-Kay, I think Dr. Mark1961 is definitely a dog person, not a cat person, based on his comments :-). Hedgehogs are another great calming pet. They are nocturnal but make no noise. They're not for everyone, though, and few vets treat them.
I love your ending about the carpets and furniture. Too true!
"Dogs are good for nothing." I trained one and worked with many service dogs who do MANY things on their own initiative--if trained. Even life-saving things. :-) At $20k+ they're pricey.
I am glad you do not live close to me, since if you had a cat you would leave it hungry and let it kill all our wild birds.