P is for Pets – Preparing for a Badass Retirement #AtoZChallenge

P is for Pets

Ever since my Lucy died, I have been confident that I will get another puppy. But that I will wait until retirement to do so. When I will have the time to devote to raising a small pup in the right way – training it and exposing it to all that it needs to process during those crucial early months…in order to develop into a well-rounded, confident companion.

The Indomitable Lucy – old and sick in this picture, but still the gold standard to be met for the next┬ádog

But lately I am wondering when exactly during my retirement will I get another pet? Perhaps not right away. Perhaps I will wait until I am a bit older, and have tamped down my wanderlust a bit. Perhaps I will wait until I move to a more suitable property to keep a dog than my current one. Perhaps then I will get multiple dogs, like Me Too and Mrs. Me Too. Who knows?

I vacillate between obsessively stalking Mini-Schnauzer breeder websites (and thinking that I can’t wait until I retire), and thinking I should wait until I am in my 70s and (perhaps?) more house-bound.

What I want is another Lucy and there are no guarantees of that. I think that means I am not yet over her, and ready to bring another wonderful dog into my life.

Rock on,

The WB


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  • I *inherited* an adult cat a few months into my retirement. It wasn’t planned, nor something I particularly wanted, especially since I’m allergic to cats.
    I love Theo to death, and there isn’t a day that goes by where he doesn’t make me laugh out loud, but having a pet in retirement has been a challenge. As active as my lifestyle is, it would be even more so if I didn’t have that pet obligation.
    I understand your dilemma. This is a tough decision, made even more challenging by memories of your Lucy who is irreplaceable in your mind.

    • Oh my! My daughter’s severe cat allergy makes cat ownership off limits for me. How do you handle this?
      You are right Joanne – it is a tough decision and really not fair to the dog to expect it to be another Lucy.
      I do miss having a pet around. They are great company AND entertainment. But also keep you tied down somewhat.

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