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Should you have pets?


Andrew

This is re posted.


Andrew Keller

Every morning, Larry and I dig into a form or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash reposted. Thank you for stopping by. So my parents are different. My dad had pets growing up, my mom did not. My mom doesn't like pets very much. But we as kids had pets, I was a very bad pet owner, I convinced my parents to give me a dog, I immediately stopped paying attention. I'll just say I think it's interesting. Should you or should you not have a pet? Neither of us currently have any pets? Do you think it's good life experience for kids or for adults or anything? What do you think about people having pets


Larry

kind of really go back and forth. interesting topic today, I really go back and forth on this, right? Because I feel like I live in San Francisco where there is more dogs than kids. You see in this ethos of like, I don't want to kid but I kind of want to take care of a thing that I could do every once in a while and take it to a kennel. Not a real responsibility of a person then the other thing of all the eels around the world that are going on. And we're rich enough as a country that people just have like play things. But I also realized pets provide huge comfort and stress and companionship. So I'm kind of torn on this. Well, yeah, I


Andrew Keller

mean, you said in San Francisco, I always thought it was crazy. I had a friend that lived about a 350 square foot apartment had like a midsize dog. And like that is a huge burden on your life. Like if you want to be responsible pet owner, you have to take him out often. Or if your friends after work, say hey, I want to go get a drink. I can't go to take my dog out. And that's one of the main reasons I don't have a dog. I think I would love the companionship of it or the fun of it. But I'm selfish. So it's I guess what we we looked at two different articles. And the one for the pro and the con. One for the pro said pets teach you selflessness. And I say the main reason I don't get a pet is because I am selfish. So maybe it's something I should look into.


Larry

My question back to you is how many people you think, Oh, I want a pet. And they get and they realize, oh, man, this is a lot of work. And then they just become bad owners? Yeah, I


Andrew Keller

think that's a lot of it. And I think whenever people go back to some semblance of a normal life, there was a huge boom of COVID pets. Like I'm bored, I need a companion or I'm lonely. I need a companion. The shelters are just giving dogs away or people are buying dogs. I think we're gonna get back to work and people would be like, I don't want to pay a dog walker, I have no idea how much it cost. I don't want to pay anything. So I'm just gonna leave all day. And so it's, it's a back and forth. Yeah, you guys are moving. You're moving soon. Next time we record or as people here this gonna be living somewhere else. Have you entertained the idea


Larry

that there's definitely like discussions about a dog ish, perhaps. I haven't. I haven't own an animal. And it's been since I was like in high school. So it's been forever. And I'm once again, I'm sort of torn on this 5050 right. I grew up with dogs. So I loved having a companion and I loved my dog. But I'm definitely like, I don't know, we won't we're gonna move to a place right near our friends that do have a dog. So we're looking forward to taking care of their dog. So I will like slowly inch our way into that.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I know a lot of couples that we knew in San Francisco is like, oh, we're dating, we got married, that's got a dog. And a three legged dog is sometimes the like dipping your toe in the water for having a kid. And so maybe if you can't take a dog take care of a dog or a cat, then maybe you shouldn't have kids. That's another


Larry

one of the keys that you put in one of the lists against having a pet was allergies. I do have some allergy issues mainly with cats. And I don't feel like I go to too many people's houses that have cats but are really good friends, who we are pod mates with who we basically decided we're gonna only hang out with during this pandemic. They have cats. And I remember when they got together and they moved multiple cats in this house, I was freaking out because I have really bad allergies and I actually planted a leg all over their house so that when I would go there would have an attack. It would be hidden like behind a painting or whatever. And I was really nervous about it. But it's actually worked out I just taken Allegra. Every time I go over there and there's no problems.


Andrew Keller

I think allergies is kind of like if you really want to pet you can get beyond it. My nephew has terrible allergies, like has to do steroids, breathing treatments and like has gone to the hospital. He's allergic to his dog and every single day for at least an hour is on the floor holding the dog so there's like that's hard for me to watch. I'm like What are you doing, man?


Larry

You know, one of the side benefits which I'd heard but this article also said Is it It's good for immunity, people that have dogs early on when they're kids. It brings a lot of bacteria to kids and helps them with immunity issues which something you cannot really don't think of. Yeah,


Andrew Keller

I think this is taking a turn on this episode. But like I'm a big proponent of if you drop food, if you can find it, you can eat it. I think introducing bacteria is good. I think it'll be interesting. Again, I don't know why I keep talking about COVID. But like, when we go back to work, and we start intermingling with people, everyone's going to get sick, and they're going to think they have COVID, because there's all these different bacterias that you're not having into your system, like you're not able to fight it off. So I think that's, maybe that won't happen. But I think it will with our PRL and in isolation, the bacteria is important.


Larry

You know, one of the things about dogs, which is interesting, because it's like everything in life, you sort of forget things. my in laws have an enormous dog, a golden lap, like he normally it has so much hair, there's just hair everywhere. And they I think they forget that they have hair everywhere. Like he goes sit on their couch, it's one of those things that goes and they just just floating your hair, like you have an appetizer at their house. There's just hair everywhere. And you just forget that, you know, it's not their fault, you just forget, right?


Andrew Keller

Yeah, that's my wife. She has hair everywhere. So if you come sit down on our couch, Eric pops up. It's everywhere. She's not her fault, but it's gross. One of the cons for not having a pet is they have a limited lifespan. And I think as it relates to kids that's should be in the positive column. Because it's an opportunity to understand loss and be able to deal with it. That was it's something I've really never dealt with growing up with, like losing a pet, or really a family member.


Larry

I like what you said that opens up a door to a conversation, right? That's life. Like when we avoid big conversations. I feel like this is actually a great one, to have an entree into that.


Andrew Keller

Yeah. And I guess combining two things, one of the pros is you can get in better shape. One of the cons is you will lose sleep into that I say stop being lazy and get out of bed. I think a dog is a nice built in alarm clocks and a fatty it's time to


Larry

you know, I just I come back this thing in San Francisco, people are really crazy about their animals. And you know, we'll be sitting like we literally we were sitting in the park, my family in us and a dog owner and let their dog off their leash. And it came over and peed on my wife literally came over. And I was like, well, this dog over came and said, What What do you want me to do? Completely rude. Like, I was just and then another time I saw a dog running this cute couple was sitting on the park having like a little romantic lunch dog just came in and bit their sandwich and took it took off with it.


Andrew Keller

And that's like a monkey. Yeah.


Unknown Speaker

It's like a monkey did.


Larry

You know, I think animals take on the persona persona of their owners, right? And their owners didn't care dogs can do whatever they want.


Andrew Keller

Yeah. Here's a PSA to anyone that's thinking about getting a dog or has a dog don't think that your dog is the exception. There's so many people. It's like they let their dog off the leash like, Oh, my dog won't. Yeah, yeah, there's a reason there's a sign. Your dog is bad and it's direct reflection on you. So cut it out. Well, if you want to adopt a dog for Larry, please reach out. You can find us at reposting podcast on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Larry, let the dogs out.

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