Friday, May 21, 2010

Pets or Plants??

I used to like pets… all pets.. and I would want to buy every type of pet on impulse. At least that is how the pet purchases always ended up.
For some reason, everything has changed.. I don’t want pets.. especially cats and dogs. Sam is allergic to cats and we are both anti-dog these days. I read an article on how great it is for kids to grow up with animals. They are smarter, more obedient, have fewer allergies, and have a healthier mental outlook on life (less depression and anxiety)… etc. etc. etc.
Ever since I read that article I have been feeling guilty.. like we have to get a pet for the kids to grow up with. We have thought most seriously about a mini horse.. a goat and a pig. We thought we could build a mini stall in the yard and feed the animal everyday and it wouldn’t be one of those “lifestyle” pets… that we have to take with us everywhere we go. We certainly wouldn’t keep it in the house… which means no accidents on the carpet.. less cleaning and paranoia for me. I’ve also thought that maybe those weren’t the most loving pets… and possibly our child wouldn’t have a strong bond with them... therefore, some of the positive outcomes for raising children with pets wouldn’t come to fruition. I thought that maybe a bird would be our next best thing.. caged but still bondable and small enough for the house. (Anyone who knows my pet history.. knows that I would let my birds wings grow out and let it fly all over the house. I feel so bad when they don't have real wings. Sam would start finding bird poops in his underwear drawer.. and that could be a real problem for everyone.)
I am not sure about this pet dilemma… Maybe I will figure it out before Londyn’s first birthday. The one thing I am sure of.. is plants are sooo much better than pets.
(I do know for a fact though, if I could afford A $5,000 mini pig... I would go buy it tomorrow!!)
I started growing herbs and they make me soo much happier than my pets ever did! I check them every day and I am more excited when they grow than I ever could’ve imagined. I also get really sad when they die.. or get bugs in them.. or don’t grow.
For now I will just grow my herbs and maybe my kids will be little gardners and learn the same life lessons from plants as the other children learn from their pets.
April 7th I planted cilantro, rosemary and basil
the basil and cilantro sprouted right away!
May 19th
I waited forrrever for the rosemary to sprout. You can see it looks like the tiny four-leaf clover. The other plants are doing much better! I can't wait to eat that basil. yummmy.


  1. Lex, it took me two years to finally make the leap and buy a puppy. I likewise didn't want to feel chained to the responsibility of training, feeding, exersizing and boarding a dog. I seriously lost SLEEP over it. But I can HONESTLY tell you we wouldn't have it any other way!!! We are completely in love with our dog and it is soooo much easier than we thought. The key is to get a smart dog...and one that doesn't shed! Maggie was potty trained in less than a week and is the smartest thing ever. We have a doggy door to our backyard so we can leave her for 10+ hours if we have to and she is completely self sufficient. We adore her! Get a dog - you will NOT regret it! And I would recommend that you get one BEFORE the baby so that you can invest the time into training before life changes!

  2. i didn't know you had a blog! what fun. i'll send you an invite to mine. much love.

  3. Ok, wow I have so much to say on this topic! After Savannah was born I had this feeling like, "ok, we have a baby now, we are a real family now, that means we need a dog too!" We got a puppy when Sav was 4 months old. NOT A SMART DECISION. The minute we brought him home he started pooping and peeing all over the house and I wanted to send him back, right then. He cried all night long, and I was still getting up to feed a newborn. Holy cow. That being said, they are "growing up" together and Savannah loves that dumb dog more than life itself. So, kids + dogs are wonderful, but either get one NOW or wait until your baby is at least 6 months old, when life isn't so crazy. P.S. I love your herbs!

  4. LOL. I died reading that blog. I was just telling someone about the Dizzle period of KH the other day. Not our best time, but I laugh now. I agree one hundred percent about not wanting a dog, esp having to train and everything while you have to raise kids. So...why not just wait to get one until the kids can help out with the responsibility? That is my new master plan! :)

  5. Hilarious! I kinda feel the same, pets are a lot of work. The key is to befriend someone else's pet. ;) Our neighbors/friends have a chocolate lab, super mellow, so great. They love that dog. McKay loves that dog. No clean-up. No feeding. No bathing. Just playing. and occasional babysitting. A win win situation!