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Opinion: 4 reasons military folks should not get pets

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From Spousebuzz...

Like many other military families, we are the proud owner of a fur child. Her name is Annie, and she is a black lab. She is gentle, loyal, great with our kids and the best company a girl could ask for. She kept my husband's side of the bed warm during his 15 month deployment to Iraq.

But if you asked me if I could go back in time, would I get a pet? The answer is "no" While pets can bring a lot of joy to a military family, they can also bring more complications to an already complicated life. Here's why:

You never know when you are going to PCS overseas. The military will pay to ship many things overseas. One thing they do not pay for is pets. Even if you can afford the expense of overseas shipment, many countries subject animals to lengthy quarantines.

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