Porter & Me (& Mr. Man)
You know the movie Marley & Me? Well, if you don't, no worries because you don't need to have seen the movie to get my point here.
In the movie Owen Wilson's character gets a puppy for his wife, Jennifer Aniston. The reasoning behind this decision for Owen (we are on a first name basis) was to make his wife forget about wanting to make babies for a little while longer. When I first saw this movie I remember thinking that this was a crock of sh**, written by some man somewhere who hasn't a clue about anything. How typical, right? I mean, in this movie a man is trying to manipulate a woman into not wanting children. What woman would fall for that?
Now we have a puppy. Let me be clear that this puppy was not gotten as a substitute for or manipulative move to prevent the wanting of children. We just wanted a dog. Enter Porter.
Before we got Porter I had no immediate plans for children. They were just a twinkle in my eye for some very far off almost unimaginable time. After getting Porter I now realize that the movie was totally right. Sorry future hypothetical children. Porter has effectively squashed that twinkle. No more twinkles for a very long time.
Puppies are a lot of work. It can so worth it to have them and so frustrating all in one moment. To say the least, they are a huge time suck. And they are only a fraction of the work of a small child. Whether or not Owen was trying to manipulate his wife is of no importance. It's just the way it is. Getting a puppy makes you want to rethink the whole children thing.
See where I am going with this? Yup, you guessed it. Puppies should be given to teenagers to prevent teen pregnancy.