I love dogs, best pets ever, but as mentioned a lot of work and commitment.
We actually have 3 pet boy rats that are hilarious. We saw a mischief of rats last night by the 7-11 dumpster and have a whole new appreciation of them. I’m sure it would be a nightmare if you had a rat infestation but as pets in a cage, there is a reason son they call them " mini dogs". Really cool and smart pets, sadly they only live 2-3 years.
Same with spiders, whole new appreciation of them. I don’t think I could ever own a snake. And we watched a friend’s bearded dragon and that was interesting but a lot of work that I wouldn’t want to do.
Rats can go a few days without any maintenance and the tarantulas can go weeks with any maintenance, so that’s nice for small vacations if we need to leave the house.
Would love another dog, but not sure if we are ready for that commitment again after losing our chihuahua we had for 6 years a few years ago.