I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety. All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture and trucks would be free of dog hair. When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through dog bodies who beat me there. I could sit on the couch the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable. I would not have strange presents under my Christmas tree- dog bones, stuffed animals nor would I have to answer to people why I wrap them. I would not be on a first name basis with 3 veterinarians. The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay and leave it alone. My pockets would not contain things like dog treats and an extra leash. I would no longer have to spell the words b-a-l-l , c-a-r, l-e-a-s-h, r-i-d-e, w-a-l-k. I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside. I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog ties them down too much. I would look forward to spring and the melting snow instead of dreading "mud" season". I would not have to answer the question " Why do you have so many dogs" from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by something as close to an angel as they will ever get. How very empty my life would be.