Monday, July 05, 2010

So you want to get an Afghan Hound

It's been a little over two months with Seamus now. I didn't grow up with a dog, let alone an Afghan, and I've learned all sorts of benefits to owning such a dog. If any of the points below resonate with you, it's time to consider getting an Afghan of your very own:
  1. Your floors are too clean. If you have a house where you feel your floor are too clean, get an Afghan. With hair that grows between toes, Afghans collect dirt like it's nobodies business. And that dirt stays with them until they come inside where it magically leaves the body and lands on your floor. Be prepared to sweep multiple times a day and to wash the floor several times a week.
  2. Your counters/sideboards/tables have too much food stuffs on them. The Afghan head comfortably rests on the kitchen counter and dining room table. Afghans can pick out two slices of cheese from a full plate and they can very quietly slide a bag of buns off the counter and carry it to the living room, conveniently out of your sight. If you have a glut of food around your house, an Afghan is for you.
  3. You don't have time to pace in your backyard like you would like. Afghans will run the same route in your backyard, shadowing it's perimeter, over and over and over, leaving behind a nice worn path for you to pace on when you are deep in thought. There won't be any pesky grass to ruin your concentration as you walk the same route (although you may need to watch out for doggy do).
  4. You don't have enough hair of your own to brush. If you are like me you don't have hair long enough to brush. If you ever have that yearning to brush a long mane of hair an Afghan is for you. They require constant brushing and they even have their own hair products that are required. Bald men - forget hair plugs; Afghans are cheaper  less painful  hairier.
  5. You don't have enough wet spots around your house. With their shaggy beard, Afghans soak up more water into their fur than they get in their belly during their drinking sessions. This water then drips off the beard into the floor, counters, books, shoes and cats. This will be great in the winter to increase the humidity in the house.
  6. You have too much free time. Two 20 minute walks a day (three if Tara isn't home), three 15 minute feeding sessions, time spent rescuing inanimate objects from Afghan jaws, time spent rescuing cats from Afghan noses, time spent brushing, time spent sweeping floors and washing walls and time spent trying to train the crazy thing all add up. If you find yourself with too much time on your hands consider an Afghan!
 There you go - six good scenarios where having an afghan will be a benefit to you and your household!


Carolyn said...

I am looking forward to meeting him. It sounds like he is a handful. Looks like he is a good picture subject.

Tara said...

He is good for keeping the squirrels away from the tree of cherries - mmm so we have the best harvest ever! and he is good at making you laugh!

Snides said...

You know, I think a lot of your points can also apply to a two-year old, no thanks to the Afghan. I'll just keep coming over and enjoying yours!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Not even tempted in the slightest. I am sure he is a beautiful and lovely dog. Fortunately he found a loving set of parents. :)

Laura B said...

Funny Richard, but aren't these points supposed to convince me that I want an afghan? :P