What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood

a podcast with Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson

Episode 26: Pets- Worst Idea Ever?

Should your family get a pet? Heavens, no. Take it from two extremely reluctant pet owners of the cat, dog, and fish variety.

Okay, pets have upsides: their cute little faces. Their tolerating humiliating headdresses. But there are downsides as well, and in this episode we elaborate them for you in enough detail that you will vow never, ever to cave to your children’s demands for a pet.

Barring that, we hope you will at least consult our extremely useful Pet Matrix in order to balance your future pet’s fun-to-hassle ratio.

In this episode we discuss

  • why getting a pet will not, despite popular sentiment, make an animal lover out of you if you’re not one already
  • why you should or should not let your kids pick the pet’s name
  • how you, once you have a pet, will either travel less, travel differently, or have to find a relative with “pet bandwidth”
  • why you shouldn’t get a hamster cause you can’t handle a dog
  • why birds are an absolutely not

Here’s some useful links for further reading on the topic:

from Lifehacker: Where To Start When You’ve Decided You Want a Dog (first step: “Make sure you’re sure.”)

from PetFinder: How Much a Dog Costs Per Year

from The Orlando Sentinel: Study Says Cats Would Kill You If They Were Bigger

Are you a doting pet owner? A absolutely not-er? A slowly-being-beaten-down-by-clamoring-children holdout? Tell us in the comments!

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1 Comment

  1. Lynda Ables

    I laughed and laughed listening to this podcast! It is hysterical! I am an animal lover who for the past 13 years, is without a pet. (FYI: I am old!). At this stage of my life I love the freedom of frequent travel without making arrangements for pet care while we are gone. I do enjoy my time with other people’s pets while visiting family and friends, but our adult children have strict instructions to NEVER SURPRISE US WITH A PET! It was fun but that era is gone for us!

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