This might come across as a strange thing for a dog blogger to say but I think I spend too much of my day thinking about animals. From the time I wake up, my job, my hobbies, my friends, my conversations, the books I read, and even my Facebook status updates, everything is related somehow to animals. Mostly dogs. There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with this. I like everything I do. I enjoy reading and talking and writing about animals. They are endlessly fascinating, after all. Honestly, I wish I could spend more of my time in similar ways. But I fear I have tucked myself into a very small world.
Last week I spent a day amongst people whose jobs don’t allow them time to own pets. I went a whole eight hours without hearing the words “cat” or “dog.” It was alarming to me how much I noticed the absence. Have I become a little too obsessed? Is this all-encompassing interest really that healthy?
I’m sure by now almost everyone has seen the eHarmony video made by the woman who might love cats just a little too much. If not, you can find it here. I am still not sure it isn’t a joke. If you take it seriously, it’s a little frightening. While I don’t think I am this far gone yet, I can see it happening one day. That could be me, sitting on that bed, crying about how much I love dog whiskers.
Not a pretty sight.
There was a time I had interests that didn’t involve animals.
It’s hard to believe, I know. There are photos on my computer without animals in them. Not a one. I participated in feminist communities. I read books about history and politics. I took belly dance classes and cooking classes. Some days I went to the library. I even remember going to see movies in a real live movie theatre. Movies that didn’t even show a single animal. When I went shopping, I never thought of going by the pet store. Hell, I often skipped the pet supplies aisle in the supermarket. Back then, I had friends who didn’t have animals in their houses.
Don’t worry. I am not saying I am going to give up any of my animal-related actitivites. I am so involved for a reason. But I think I need to spend some time re-discovering some of my former interests. I used to love baking, for instance, but I haven’t made anything for months. (Unless you count dog treats.) I am also going change my reading habits and search for books on non-animal topics. Not permanently, of course, but I think it will help remind me there are other things going on in the world.
Hopefully this will keep me on the healthier side of crazy.
What non-animal-related things are you up to lately? Have any fun suggestions?