We have two dogs and two cats. Some might call it crazy, understandably so. Others might envy it, even say they’d like to have more. Regardless of your opinion, having animals comes with a set of expectations.
There are numerous things our animals have destroyed: furniture, doors, rugs, shoes, clothes, fences—the list is long. I’ve cleaned up countless messes of varying degrees and types (I won’t go into too much detail here, you get the point).
There have been moments I’ve been really, really frustrated. “Why did you do this?!” Well, Chase, the answer is simple: 1) It’s totally normal and expected, 2) You signed up for this—they’re animals.
I love our animals, probably more than most people I know (kidding, a little). The longer we have them, the more I realize all the annoyances are just part of the deal. I can either get mad, or I can accept that the good always comes with the bad.
It’s the reason we have a savings account. Within that account are categories: house, cars, medical, pets, and so on. Inevitably, something is going to go wrong at some point.
Case in point, we had a $1,300 plumbing repair at our house recently. Yeah, it was a little frustrating, but no, I wasn’t devastated. It’s part of the deal, and we’ve grown to expect that kind of thing.
I think a huge and simple fact of life is having appropriate expectations and being prepared. If you don’t, you only set yourself up to be upset. You resent the good things in your life, because you weren’t ready for bad.
I didn’t get angry and lash out at our dog, Eleanor, when she chewed the insulation out of our garage door. She’s a dog, she did what dogs do, and we chose to keep her in the garage that day.
I guess my point is, life is a lot easier when you go into it with fair expectations and a plan. There’s no reason to get mad, you know it’s coming. You just have to be ready (emotionally and financially), especially if you have a furry friend that thinks fence posts are snacks.