But worst of all, whenever I put my hands below waist level I found that they were licked! I must have washed my hands more often that morning than any other in my life.
Just this month though, I have discovered that it could be even worse if I was a Muslim. I hadn't realised that many Muslims consider dogs to be unclean.
In one surprising news item, I read that 'Muslims declare Jihad on Dogs in Europe'
This latest canine controversy -- which the Dutch public has greeted with a mix of amusement and outrage -- follows dozens of other Muslim-vs-dog-related incidents in Europe. Critics say it reflects the growing assertiveness of Muslims in Europe as they attempt to impose Islamic legal and religious norms on European society.
I might not like having a dog in the house, but I wouldn't go as far as declaring jihad. Then again - atheists don't create holy wars do we? In order to do such evil we need god.
Now I know about this new jihad I have a new urge to invite more dogs into my house!