Is it madness to get a dog without owning a car first?
January 24, 2013 4:28 AM Subscribe
We do not own a car. We're thinking about getting a dog. Is this doable?
posted by catch as catch can to pets & animals (17 answers total)
My husband and I have actively resisted buying a car for a long time, both because of cost and because of the stress and responsibility that vehicle ownership involves. We live close to fairly robust public transport options which have always worked for our needs. When we've needed cars in the past for longer/more complicated journeys, we've rented, and that has worked fine. If we were to get a dog, I would imagine that we'd spend the time and money to rent every now and again to habituate him/her to riding in a vehicle.
In my preliminary research, I haven't found any vets or boarding places within easy walking distance of our house. I'm imagining an emergency scenario where we have a sick or injured dog, and the prospect of attempting to get a taxi to take a vomiting or bleeding animal anywhere seems mighty unappetizing/impossible. I'm sure there are other situations I haven't even imagined where not owning a car will make things difficult.
Are you a car-free dog owner? How do you make it work? Am I overthinking these beans?