My Roommate And I Got A Dog Together

My roommate and I got a dog together. Well, actually, I guess technically it’s his dog. But, he registered the dog to both of us. It’s confusing. Well, not really. The truth is I guess I like the dog a lot and don’t want to ever leave the dog. I’m sure my roommate feels the same way about the dog.

Here’s How My Roommate And I Got A Dog

Here’s what happened. A few years ago, I was walking dogs for money. I don’t do that anymore, But, I think my roommate got jealous of me and all the dogs. He wanted a dog. I was like, that’d be cool. So, we went to a place and he picked out a dog. His name is Miles. He’s a chocolate lab.

After a few years, and two apartments, the dog got big. We’re still living together, and we both take care of the dog. He pays for all the dog’s stuff: his medical bills, toys, and food. I walk the dog, love the dog, play with the dog, cuddle with the dog.

At some point, I’m going to have to move away to get a doctorate, to teach, to start my urban-life blog (note: sarcasm), or to get married (note: in my dreams because I’ll be single forever at this rate.) Either way I’ll have live my life away from the roommate and the dog. How will that work? Weekend visitation rights? I don’t know what quitting the dog cold-turkey would do to the dog or to me.

The way I see it, we have two options:

  1. Leave without worrying about Miles and let him either slowly or quickly forget about me.
  2. Visit the dog a lot when I come back to Louisville, or arrange for the dog to have extended stays between us, like a divorced couple with kids or something.

What are we supposed to do about this situation?

Me taking the dog isn’t really a solution, even if the roommate wanted me to, because the roommate will miss the dog, too. I think Miles will struggle for a while when one of us moves, no matter which one of us keeps him permanently. Since the roommates pays for him, there’s not much I can do unless the roommate just won’t have time to deal with him if I move. We’ve had him for two years. He’s gotten used to having both of us.

There is no real solution to this problem, I suppose. We just have to pick one of the options when the time comes. Who knows when that will be. Years? That’s not the point.

The lesson to take away from this is, don’t get a dog with your roommate. It’s confusing. You’ll have to move away and it’ll be sad.

Do you have a dog? Or did you used to have a dog that you miss terribly? Did you ever get a dog with a roommate? What about getting a dog without asking your roommate? Tell me all about your dogs in the comments! If the dog is gone, how did you cope? Let me know! I’m going to need to figure this out. It’s also World Animal Day, so how are you celebrating? Do you have other pets? A cat? A bird? A monkey?

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By Eric Shay Howard

Eric Shay Howard lives in Indianapolis. He's a teacher, a literary editor, and writer. He's a graduate student in the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Kentucky University. He also has MBA and BA degrees.

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