I never grew up with any pets. Ok, fine, there were a few fish but I think a pet has to live more than a couple weeks to be considered a real pet.
Then in 2007 I stayed with a friend for two weeks while traveling. My friend had two cats and I totally fell in love with them. It took me by surprise. I am allergic to cats and never liked them as a result. The exception to this was when I lived in the Middle East. The cats there all live in the street. I used to go buy Tandoori Roti (a kind of bread from the Indian Subcontinent) and I had to buy two pieces of bread for 1 Qatari Rial. I could only eat one so I would leave small pieces of bread by every dumpster I passed by for the cats.
I’ve never really had much of a strong connection to dogs. I have had friends who are, literally, crazy about their dogs. I never really understood how you could love an animal so much. I’ve obviously changed my point of view regarding love, but still.
My brother in North Carolina has a dog. I first met the dog when I was in Raleigh for less than a day on my Denmark-Washington-Raleigh-Cleveland crazy route home. But when I was in Raleigh last month, I got to spend more time with him. He is still a puppy, so he still needs some training and disciplining. But in general he’s just a bundle of joy and love.
He is friendly, loves to play, and is cute as can be. And much to my surprise, I was sad to say goodbye to him when my mom and I left to come back to Cleveland. And thus, it happened without me realizing it or, to be honest, wanting it. I love this dog!
I obviously can’t have my own dog with the nomadic lifestyle. And I don’t want one right now anyway. But it was still nice to have this experience and finally connect to a dog in such a nice way. Maybe in the future I will have a dog.
As I’ve said many times, we have an infinite supply of very little in the world. But we do have an infinite supply of love, and I’m happy my infinite supply of love extends to man’s best friend now 🙂 I’m sure I’ll meet plenty of them during The Happy Nomad Tour.