A family member is keen on getting a dog now he has been bereaved over a year. He comes to stay with us for weekends quite often and we have expensive new carpet in the lounge and are to have the hall and large landing replaced soon.
My problem is, we are not keen on having a dog in the house again having had dogs all our lives and loving them but having to accept that they do carry a lot of grit, dust, fur and have accidents. I can’t see him putting the dog in kennels while he comes here so how do we explain this to him?
We advised him ages ago to allow a good time without his dogs to get used to being dogless and we thought he was doing this. He has plenty of friends and has a very active social life now so can come and go as he pleases and there is no rush to get home to let the dog out! This is the first time in our lives we have not had dogs but after 5 years we are used to it now. Of course we miss them but we are free to go out for a whole day without rushing home for them and holidays are now no problem. I used to hoover through nearly every day and now I only do it once a week and hardly pick up any dirt.