If you are not dedicated to your pet's needs then you should NOT be a pet owner. Owning a pet calls for GREAT responsibility. It is not just a matter of providing nutritious food and clean water, it includes spending time with your pet even if you "don't feel" like it.
One of the reasons we welcomed a rescue into our home last year was because I knew it would "force" me to get out of the house when I didn't want to to take her for a walk.
Neglect leads to damage and damage leads to a lose of value to your home.
The moral to the story (blog post) is if you are thinking: now that I have my own home I should get a dog/cat you need to think it through. Are you ready to give that pet 24/7 care every single day for the next 20 years of it's life?
As a dog owner I take care of my dogs nutritional needs every day, let her out a minimum of three times a day and take her for a walk every day no matter how nasty the weather. Dogs always need grooming and health care. Are you willing to commit to your pets health care... it can be very expensive.
Lack of proper care can cost you thousands of dollars when it comes to selling your home. Ask any Real Estate professional how hard it is to sell a home with pet odors. A home with pet odors compared to an identical home right next door to it can have a loss of value as large $10,000 or even more.