We are a no pet family. Dh had a cat which he brought to the marriage and we loved her, she was around 18 when she died. We all loved her. We had a kitten (at the same time) and it was awful, this is just before we moved. They fought constantly and I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown (not really). Moving didn't help, it made things much worse. She totally ruined our brand new carpeting for our house (I don't blame her...too much stress with all the moves - we didn't know we were going to move when we got her). It was Awful. We had to pay Another 6K to get all new carpeting for the entire house, she really was a huge reason that contributed to our finance problems - we spend hundreds on stain cleaners, everything we could think of to re-train her to use her litter box, got new litter boxes, vet visits, etc. Nothing worked, so we had to take her to a shelter. There was no way we could afford Another 6K after already spending 12K on carpeting!!
I'd be mentally open to another cat if we didn't have this problem in this house. We got all the smell out (yeah, that was another at least $300, if not more). But I can't - Will not - take the chance another cat will mark around here. I will not go through that again!!
So at first we had a no pet policy for a year. That year is past, and really the only pet I'd consider if I wasn't going back to work would be a dog. Now don't get me wrong. I was all for having gerbils, hamster, etc. but dh said a definite NO rodents of any way shape or kind. He made me get rid of my guinea pig when we got married. He just hates rodents and is very mild mannered in other areas, so if it bothers him that much, I have to respect that.
I won't do fish because we had awful luck - we bought ds two goldfish years ago and they died the very next day! He was so horrified about it all I have put a permanent NO kind of any fish around. We kept lizards at our house at spring break from school, but even though we kept it really clean, that reptile smell lingered months! It got into the carpeting (new, but at our old house), curtains, and generally the air. I can't take that smell and I'd wretch if I went around that room. So no reptiles!!
So, am going back to work part time, and dh and ds jokingly say they would like a dog because they know I would take care of it. Frankly, that has me really miffed. Ds doesn't ask, he knows he would need to share in the responsibility, same with dh if we were to get one, and they are not interested, so I am not either!!
Though, when ds goes to college I Will probably get a little dog I can carry around in a purse and take with me. It will be my midlife crisis dog! So no I don't think you are selfish. My friend just got a dog and told me if she knew how it was going to be (they had two previous dogs) with no one but her taking care of it, she would never had agreed. She told me to think long and HARD about getting one and I've taken her advice well.
Edited by Stormy - 7/30/12 at 4:25pm