Let's just make some comparisons:
- A dog must be walked at least twice a day, possibly more. And a cat's litter box must be changed several times a week, ideally daily. But with the garden, clean up is only once or twice a year, with occasional bursts of weeding. Garden wins.
|"Intruder" doesn't look very happy that the garden won that one!|
- How about feeding? Everyone knows a dog must be fed at least daily, and most people feed their dog more than once a day. Ditto for the cat. Feeding the garden is a little different than just putting out a bowl of food, but feeding is only recommended once or twice a year. If you forget to feed little Rover or little Tiger, you're in serious trouble, but a garden won't complain even if you skip a year or two! And no one will turn you in to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Gardens. Thank goodness! Can you imagine how many of us would be turned in?
|Even "Patches" loves to stop and smell the roses!|
- Ever feel like going on vacation? If you have a dog for a pet, and don't want to take it along, pet-sitting or boarding are expensive options. Ditto the cat. I know because we have two that need shots twice a day and have to be boarded with the vet. But the garden is easy. Just water it well, then leave. Unless you're going to be gone for a very long time, the garden will take care of itself. How convenient is that! Not to mention inexpensive.
|"Callie" doesn't understand why the birds aren't bathing!|
- What about limits? We all know there is a limit to the number of dogs you can have. One or two is usually the limit, although I do know people that have four or five. With cats, the limit may be more than with dogs, but there should still be some limit! With the garden, there comes a time when every gardener realizes they have reached their limit, but it's after hundreds and hundreds of plants. Even after running out of adequate room, baby plants can be put in pots on a patio. So, I say if you like a lot of pets, the garden wins again.
|"Bear" is a bit upset that the garden seems to be winning this competition!|
- Companionship is a big reason for many people to get a pet. And a dog can be a constant companion, even sleeping with you should you wish. Ditto for the cat, except the words should be changed from "should you wish" to "should the cat wish". (You know what I mean if you own a cat.) The garden? OK, you got me. I have heard of people hugging trees, but usually gardens won't sleep with you or keep you warm. Although, you can bring in some flowers from your garden and enjoy its scent while you sleep. A lot less crowded that way. Personally, I think it's a tie, but I'll be generous and give this one to the dog and cat.
We touched on feeding pets above, but I want to point out that the garden can actually feed you! Surely the garden gets another point for that!
|Roses don't jump on the sofa or claw up rugs.|
But what about the most important part of a pet - love?
Oh, yes, people love their dogs and cats. There is no denying that. And they receive love back in return. But I love my garden, and I think most gardeners would say they actually have the feeling of love for their garden, too. And my garden gives me love back - in all the little joys of blooms, bees, butterflies, and fresh vegetables.
So, honestly I think the garden is a winner here!
Thinking about getting a pet? Why not get a garden instead? Try it, you may like it!
*All the photos are old, and there are none of my dog because he knows to stay behind me when I'm out with the camera. Maybe I should give dogs another point, but the garden would still win!
What's your favorite pet?