I met a lady at the park today. She was walking her Golden Retriever. I had my puppy. We spoke about how attached dogs were to people and how they suffered separation anxiety, even if their owners just turned their backs and walked away in the park. (My pup was playing quite happily several hundred metres from me. No anxiety there!) Obviously an owner committed to her dog. Or so I thought.
She then happened to say that her dog lived outdoors. The dog was not allowed inside because the owner could not stand pet hair in her home.
I know how annoying it can be. I have lived with a Dalmatian. Dalmatian hairs get everywhere and you can’t wear dark or light colours. The hairs don’t brush off. They don’t even vacuum off. Life with a Dalmatian and 4 cats equals pet hair everywhere. I imagine that people who visit curse my sofas!
Surveys of pet owners have shown that shedding of hair is the main disadvantage in living with a pet. Is it really that bad? Would you shut your pet to a life outside because you can’t stand pet hair on your furniture?