I have two dogs that live IN the house. I wasn't raised that way. I was raised to be "clean." And dogs in the house, to my mother signifies "dirty."
Although, I do a pretty good job keeping up with the fur. For me, that's the biggest issue.
There's been a rash of robberies in our area. We live in the country, but now they've build a mall within 5 miles of us. Sitting on my front porch, you'd think podunk. But I can be at a Starbucks, Target or Theatre within minutes.
Me: Maybe you could get a small dog for inside the house. You know, having a dog in the house is the biggest detterent against thieves.
Her: I couldn't possibly have a dog in the house. They're dirty. They pee. They poop. They throw up. I just couldn't do it.
Me: Thanks for letting me stay in the house when I was a baby.