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Monday, July 30, 2012

Pets As Romance-Killers

I've been married for 14 years and have two children, so it should come as no surprise that my wife and I can be....intimate.  Sometimes it's just lying on the bed talking or kissing, but sometimes it turns into more.  No, this isn't a blog about my "relations" with my spouse.  Rather, it's about how pets can ruin the mood.

We have two large dogs and three cats.  All of these pets have full run of the house and will sleep on the bed.  We have a queen-sized bed, so there isn't a ton of room when both of us are lying there.  Even besides the lack of space, the pets can sometimes interfere with our plans.  A dog will jump on the bed, trying to take a nap.  Another dog will peek her head up to see what all of the fuss is about.  A noise will cause them to start whining at the closed bedroom door.  Two cats will start to growl or fight under the bead.  One cat will decide that our hips are a good resting place.  Or the kitten will think that the feet moving under the covers is the perfect object upon which to practice his pouncing.

Yes, all of these things have happened to us.  And all of them have caused distractions, forcing us to push a pet off, yell at the dog, or otherwise break the "moment".  It has gotten to the point where we'll not only make sure that the kids are out of the house or asleep, but we'll kick the pets out of the bedroom!

And I am absolutely certain that virtually every pet owner has had the same or similar things happen to them.

Pets are wonderful and I couldn't live without them, but sometimes they're not exactly the best things to have around when you're trying to be romantic.