Note to parents: a pet store is not a zoo. If you bring a six-year old to one, there is a good chance you're going to leave with a puppy.
I'm not sure getting a dog is the best thing to do when you're unemployed. But my wife is anxious about my jobless state, and I thought a pup might be just the thing to keep her mind on other things. And taking it outside for a leak will give me something constructive to do in my free time. Which I will have a lot of.
But there's more to it than that. I believe pets are good for children. And also a useful tool for parents. If you notice your children torturing puppies or kittens, you'll know they're psychopaths early on and can take appropriate measures.
Thanks to the pup, who is named Max, my homecoming to Kiev tomorrow will be a lot more interesting than I expected. Just think: me, my wife, two kids, and a dog, all squished into a tiny apartment.
I am amazed that this small mammal has made my wife so happy, so quickly. I have never been able to do that. Maybe someone should make a sitcom about us.