#1 - When you have multiple dogs (and a yard that is devoid of grass or any plant life) a post-monsoon muddy yard (complete with muddy paw prints through out the house) are MUCH more preferable than the ever-present dust which seems to coat everything immediately after sweeping, mopping, dusting, and otherwise cleaning. In summary: my yard is a dust bowl. :(
#2 - If you have dry skin expect to use twice as much facial moisturizer and body lotion.
#3 - You might think that someone will seasonal plant-related allergies would find life in a desert less histamine inducing. You would be very, very wrong.
#4 - The daytime high temperatures and the nighttime low temperatures can easily (and often are) be 40 degrees apart. Shivering and bundled up in blankets with dogs as space heaters at midnight? Check. Tank tops, flip flops, and sweating after walking two blocks at midday? Check.
#5 - Living in the city and seeing coyotes on a regular basis are not mutually exclusive. Thankfully my dogs are larger than coyotes and seem pretty battle-ready if need be (although I sincerely hope that never happens).