If you know me at all then you know that I LOVE dogs . They are my angels on earth. To me there is no ugly dog in this world – some are just less cute.
So the question that has been bothering me lately is this:
Another thing about me is that I live in a very tiny apartment. I adore my apartment as it gave me freedom. Only someone who has lived in a troubled family will understand what even a one room apartment can mean. How much it can improve the quality of life.
And I love my freedom, but still there are times when I feel I am missing someone alive next to me. Someone not judging and not demanding. I know how life can turn into hell if you are stuck with the wrong person.
So I find myself many times asking if I should get a dog. And that would not be a bought dog, I hate puppy mills and people that sell dogs. Just some unhappy dog in need of home.
But there is a one big BUT.
I work 5 days a week, 9-5.30 (yes, not 9-5, but half an hour more). That’s a lot of time being away from home. And I am always lacking time, even like this, with no one to take care for.
The thing that scares me the most is hygiene. I have kept two kittens, each about a month, until I have found a good home for them. I don’t mind getting up early for them, I don’t mind them jumping all over the place and me having to pick up after them.
But the smell! It was a-w-f-u-l. Simply awful. I bought for them a litter box and a perfumed litter but the perfume really did not help at all. As they were small, during the day I kept them in my bathroom and the hallway, while the main room was closed. And I had my share of them peeing on the carpet yes! Even with their movement restricted.
I also had the ventilation system in the bathroom working almost all the time. It just didn’t help with the smell.
And unfortunately I was so relieved when I gave them away. Yes, I cried a bit, worrying if they will be happy with their new owners.
But the feeling of my home being clean! I had to wait for two whole weeks, scrub the bathroom with every possible chemical cleaning stuff I found, change the bathroom curtains (they got peed on too) with new ones, washed all blankets. And finally after 2 weeks my home didn’t smell on cat pee.
And this was not just me. I had a guest who had to go the bathroom and when she entered she turned her head and said it smells terribly.
I did everything right: changed the litter every day, vacuumed the floors almost every day, washed the bathroom floor too. It’s just that the cat pee and food (canned meat) smelled really bad and that smell just stayed and wouldn’t go away.
And I wanted to keep a cat or a dog so bad! I tried with cats as they are self cleaning animals and I thought it would be easy enough.
So if I couldn’t do it with a cat I really wonder if it is possible to do it with a dog.
Maybe it is because I have lived for so long in places not clean as they should have been so I am craving cleanliness so bad. Maybe I am control freak?
I really wonder how other people are managing to keep dogs in their apartments with no yard. Even some big breeds.
And I am seeing so many wonderful homeless dogs on facebook everyday. And my heart gets broken every time. I even phoned a girl with a small puppy to take it with me. Luckily or not it was already promised after a long time announcing it for adoption. So I almost adopted a dog.
And besides the cleaning issues, the size of my apartment also worries me. Let me show you a picture of it, so you can understand how small it really is:
Without me for most of the days I think an animal like a dog would go crazy in it. On the other hand it will be better off than being hungry on the streets.
So after a lot of thinking I have decided this: if I find some helpless puppy myself only then I will take one! And it really has to be a small one. My small apartment is no place for a big dog. Although big dogs have my heart.
Do you have any experience with dogs in small apartments? How do you manage keeping them? How do you solve the cleaning problem?