Why do people assume this about me? **Edited in Red***
I don't know why people assume that pet owners have nasty houses.
I was trying to arrange a play date with the mother of my stepdaughter's friend today. I was talking to the little girl's mother on the phone. She knows we have horses because her child is wanting to come over to ride. While I was talking on the phone, my dogs started barking at a stray cat in my yard. She said, "Oh, you have dogs. How many?" I told her that we had four. "And they stay in the house?" I told her that, for the most part, our dogs were indoor dogs. They went out to use the bathroom and for exercise but they were indoor family dogs. We talked for a few more minutes and she finally said that she wasn't comfortable with her child at my house because of the dogs. I assured her that my dogs were very friendly and her child would be in no danger. "No, it's not that. I just don't want her in your house because your house is nasty."
"What makes you think it's nasty? You've never been in my house."
"Because you have all of those dogs. Dogs pee and crap all over the place, chew everything, not to mention the hair, parasites, and dirt they track in."
1st of all, my animals are potty trained. I haven't had to clean up pee in my house since my redbone hound was a puppy, three years ago. I had her housebroken by the time she was three months old. I clean my house every day and, because of the dog hair, vacuum twice a week. They get pills for fleas and ticks every month and they have toys to chew on and leave the furniture alone. I understand that not all pet owners are neat freaks like I am but to assume that my house is nasty when she hasn't even seen my house? What is wrong with her? I have seen people who hate animals that have nasty houses too.
Have you ever had this problem? Do people assume that about you?
Just to clarify, the part about vacuuming twice a week was a mistype. My downstairs doesn't have carpet. I have a few rugs but it is hardwood. I sweep once or twice a day, the rugs too, and vacuum the bare floor and rugs usually every other day but sometimes life gets in the way but it is never less than twice a week. The bedrooms have carpet and they get vacuumed at least every other day, sometimes less, sometimes more. On the weekends or when we have breaks from school, it is every day. I have a full time job and a family to take care of so I can't vacuum three times a day. My dogs are bathed frequently bathed and they are brushed frequently as well and I keep the house clean.
I'm also getting a puppy for my birthday.