For the past few days we’ve been dealing with the issue of pets here on Radak Street. Well, if you can call cockroaches, pigeons and lately mice, too, pets. Last week our Hebrew lesson was abruptly interrupted by a little mouse running around between our two sofas, and after that Tatiana and I could not concentrate on verbs anymore. I got some mouse traps and set them up before leaving to Arad for a couple of days. When I got back to Beersheva on Friday, I caught two mice in a row during the same day with the trap. The trap is a mouse friendly trap, and it doesn’t kill them: it just traps them inside, and afterwards you can release them outside. Since it’s warming up outside, the cockroaches are also multiplying and finding their way inside our apartment. No bueno. I like animals, just not the unwanted ones, and especially inside the apartment I live in!
But seriously, we have been thinking about real pets also. When I first got here, I was told that we’re allowed to have pets in the apartment, and that the previous Finnish volunteers here had two cats. But I forgot about pets and fun things for a while, when the sirens and crap in life hit me during February and March. It’s been a hard spring. But the other day Tatiana and I were talking about how lonely it is here, and somehow the idea of a dog came up. And just to let you know, the thought of getting a dog has REALLY been in my mind for … the past two decades or so? I’ve never had the privilege of having my own dog :(. So, Tatiana asked around and her boyfriend here directed us to the local pound, which we visited today.
A BIG mistake. Now I want a dog. I mean, just look at them!:
I have no idea what I’d have to do to take a dog from Israel to the US and from there to Finland (and I can’t say how glad my relatives would be to hear that I’d be traveling over with a puppy. Aunt C?). All the paperwork, vets, payments etc. And I have absolutely no earthly idea why this crazy thought of adopting a dog has hit me this bad right now. Who puts these thoughts in my head anyway? It’s a totally harebrained idea, and you all agree with me, right? Why am I still thinking about it then?
But this I do know: this little 6 month old sweetheart stole my heart:
Out of all the cute 3 month old puppies (some which Tatiana really fell for), all the cute Golden Retriever and Boxer pups, the mix breed little bear cub looking cuties, it was this that caught my eye.
Sigh. Being in love sucks. I mean, who can seriously resist this face?