How to Have Pet Adventures without Enough Space for a Dog

By: Tom Malone

While it’s scientifically proven that owning a dog will increase your happiness and confidence in your ability to provide a positive lifestyle for another creature, many people don’t have a lifestyle that is conducive for dog ownership. Either they work 14-hour days, travel often, or live in a small area, some people’s lifestyles aren’t ideally set up for a dog. So, what do we do in this scenario? Selecting the correct pet for your lifestyle requires some analysis.

How often are you home? If you’re home each night by 5 p.m. and you remain at home most night until you leave for work in the morning, then you probably have a regular schedule that would allow you to feed a pet that needs food in both the morning and in the evening, like a cat.

How big are your living quarters? If you have a small apartment with no yard, you’ll think about a pet that doesn’t require a lot of exercise, like a turtle or a hedgehog.

How often do you travel? If you travel every other week for week-long business trips, you might think about not owning a pet at all; however, there are certain living things that you can take care of in order to provide yourself with confidence in your abilities to take care of something. Think plants. A cactus doesn’t require a lot of water, exercise, or space, so maybe that’s your best option.

In short, the purpose of owning a pet (or plant) lies with attaining the confidence that comes with caring for something that is totally dependent on you and your abilities. When you can do this successfully, you’re filled with optimism in your abilities and you feel a boost in confidence daily as caring for this creature becomes part of your daily routine.

*Photo By: Tom Malone
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