What do you wish you'd known before you got a pet? Part 2
Earlier this year, we devoted a blog post to the things you wish you'd known before you got your pet. We had a fantastic response, so we decided to ask 10 of our favourite mummy and pet travel bloggers, too. Their responses express the joys and challenges of juggling a family and pet.
'I wish I'd known about the early morning rubbish clearances. Even though we feed our pet a healthy diet, she still cannot refuse the allure of bins. Picking up rubbish is not what I want to do first thing in the morning.' Mums the Nerd
'It's the therapy they provide. The wisest advice and most in-depth self-help books do not compare with the gentle chin of a large, soft head placed on my knee. They just know when I’m sad.' Water birth please
'As soon as you bring a puppy home, get them micro-chipped and get a tag on their collar! At about six-months old, our eldest daughter didn’t lock our back garden gate properly. We let Poppy out into the garden, not even thinking about the gate. Ten minutes later, where’s Poppy? We found her at a local vet, but it was a huge lesson learned.' Stars and Roses
'Puppies love to eat wooden furniture. Jake ate our monks bench, table, chairs and anything else he could get his teeth into.' Twopointfourchildren
'It’s amazing how quickly our pet has settled into our family. I am totally outnumbered by boys, but I can’t imagine not having him now.' Seasider in the City
'No matter how bad your day is, who can resist an excitable hound!' Johnson Babies
'We lost Minky for five hours once. We looked all over, and I was worried we would find her on the road, squashed. In fact, she was in a cupboard sleeping. I felt like shouting at her, cuddling her close and crying with relief. And that’s how we are with children. This connection means I gain so much more out of having the cats.' The American Resident
'Jellyfish on Ettrick Bay on the Isle of Bute are best avoided and will cause vomiting within approximately a minute of consumption.' Phileas Dogg
'For the last time PolPol, it is a bath not a litter tray.' Two cats, youngling and me
'I wish I'd known that someone doesn't magically come and clean up the poo in the garden. I can't just assume that my husband Paul will do it. I've learned that the hard way.' Emmy’s Mummy
Our thanks to all the bloggers who took part. All raised the sentiment that, despite the toilet troubles, vomiting and occasional nuisances, their pets are all very much a part of the family and they wouldn’t change them for the world!
We'd still love to read your responses to the question: 'What do you wish you'd known before you got a pet?' Please share your thoughts by commenting in the box below.