Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
As a person in the professional pet community, people assume that I must have many dogs of my own. Actually the opposite is true--because I work with other peoples' dogs all day long, 5 days a week, I am positively dogged-out by the time I am done with work!
So, I have to keep my own numbers down to a reasonable level. This is not always easy--people expect me to take in rescues, fosters, etc; people assume that since I am a dog lover I must want to be surrounded by multiple dogs 24/7. This is frustrating. I love dogs, but I do not want to take on more than I can comfortably afford time-wise and money-wise.
I have a couple of clients who do rescue and at any given time, they may have a dozen or more fosters in their household, and they assume that if I truly love dogs, I must want to do the same thing. They often ask me if I want to take on another foster, and I constantly feel pressured. Sometimes I feel guilty about it. It's hard for me to look at a person with 25 dogs and tell them that I can't comfortably take on more than 3. And really, 3 is probably above my ideal comfort level. I'd almost feel guilty having a single-dog household, as though I'm shirking some kind of responsibility, but a single dog gets that much more quality time. And it's not in anyone's best interest if I go into the poorhouse taking on rescues, like some other folks I know. Bless their hearts, but I can't do it.
I have fostered dogs in the past, and probably will again in the future. But I don't want to take on any more animals than I have *quality* time for.