For natural-born dog lovers, whose vision of an ideal life always involves some kind of happy canine running around, it can be really disheartening to be in a situation where pet ownership – or at least, dog ownership – isn’t currently a possibility.
There are many reasons why you might find yourself in that situation. Maybe your job requires you to move on a regular basis, and there’s just no realistic way that you could bring a dog along for the ride.
Or, maybe you currently rent accommodation, and your landlord isn’t very keen on the idea of pets.
Whatever the reasons, if you can’t get a dog yet, but really want some canine companionship, here are some tips that might help.
Become a dog walker – either professional or volunteer
It’s a fact of life that dogs need regular walks, but that doesn’t mean that every dog owner has the time, inclination, or ability to provide those walks in person.
Many a different dog walking service can be found in just about any area, via a quick web search. Why not sign up to become a dog walker yourself?
You could either do this on a volunteer basis, through a service like Borrow My Doggy, or you could look into doing it professionally – at least, as a part-time occupation that earns you a bit of money on the side, and lets you come face-to-face with plenty of good boys on a weekly basis.
Let your friends and family know that you are always available for dog sitting
If your friends and family members have dogs (and it’s pretty likely that at least a couple of them do) you can always make it known that you are available for dog sitting at a moment’s notice.
Of course, you probably shouldn’t make friends with people just because you like their dogs, but there’s probably not a lot of harm done if you make a point of trying to hang out with your dog-owning friends as often as you can.
Then again, you can always pester your non-dog-owning friends and family members to get dogs of their own, so that you can benefit in a roundabout way. (Disclaimer: maybe don’t do that.)
Consider fostering a dog, or volunteering at an animal charity or organization
If you love dogs, you probably feel pretty upset by the idea that some people might abuse, neglect, and abandon their fluffy friends.
So, why not get involved in animal charities or organizations that help to care for neglected dogs, or rehome them?
If your circumstances don’t allow you to own a dog permanently, maybe you would nonetheless be able to foster dogs on behalf of a charitable organization or a group who raises dogs for specific working roles – such as seeing eye dogs, for example.
Of course, there’s a bit of a trade-off here. You would have to be able to say goodbye to the dogs you fostered after a set period of time had passed. If you’re okay with this, though, it could be a very fulfilling thing to do.
In the Louisville, Ky Area?
If you live near the Metro Louisville area in Kentucky, check out Louisville Metro Animal Services Field Trip and Foster programs. You can take a long term shelter pup out for the day or a few hours. Take them to the park, to dog-friendly restaurants, for a car ride…anything to get them out of the shelter for a day. It helps them to get adopted and it gives them some enrichment and interaction they very much need after being cooped up at the shelter with no family to love.