Meh, we grew up without pets, most of my friends had pets, one of my friends came to school with dog hair on her jumper a lot and i thought, eww that's gross! lol But it wasn't till i was older and been around dogs that their hair gets absolutely everywhere! My sisters dog used to live in the house, he pee'd everywhere, his dog hair went everywhere even in the chux i was cleaning the dishes with! Gross, and the house smelt like damp wet dog all day, it was horrible. I hate the smell of dogs and i don't like patting them anymore cause i feel dirty and have to wash my hands, if kids touch dogs i make them wash their hands too, i think i'm way to much of germa-phobe to have a dog these days.
I stayed at my friends house to pet-sit while she was overseas, she had a bird and a golden retriever and some fish, i spent so much time worrying about being home in time to feed the dog, change the birds water, clean the bottom of the bird cage, pick up dog poo from the backyard, and clean up all the stuff the dog wrecked when you're not home, i just thought, bugger that, i didn't find any enjoyment from the pets, they were just a hassle. We have fish and that's about as far as i wanna go with pets, though DS1 is at the age where he really wants a pet cause our friends have them, it's tempting but i just do not want the responsibilty, the added cost, the amount of extra cleaning you have to do, the pet bills, the food bills, ergh, too much hardwork for me! lol And we're the crazy ones!