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"I Want a Puppy...Please, Please, Please!"

Do you think having a dog is a rite of passage for growing up?

I knew the day would come–the day my kids started asking for a puppy. It has started slowly with the casual mention every now and then, but now it seems to get brought up at least once a day.

And I know from experience growing up that it will only get worse! I remember pestering my parents for years for a dog–to the point of actually going into their bedroom and whispering into their ear while they were sleeping so they'd subconciously realize that we needed a puppy.

Maybe it worked...the Christmas I was in 7th grade, my parents brought us to the Humane Society in Ohio (where we'd go to visit my grandparents, not just a really long drive to get a dog!) and we got to pick out a puppy. 

I can still remember how exciting it was and the fighting with my sisters in the coming weeks about who got to hold the puppy and walk him. Well, they say you get from your kids what you gave to your parents and now the 'I want a puppy' days are here. 

I had sworn off having pets–I mean they poop and pee, need to be taken care of, have to be taken to the vet and then they die and you have to see your kids' hearts break. But then again, there is something special about having a dog. You learn about responsibility and unconditional love and I feel like getting a puppy is a part of growing up. 

Plus, I forwarded this blog post called '50 Rules for Dads of Daughters' to my husband the other day and here's No. 11: 

There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

Luckily, as of now, we're under no pressure as it's still only the occassional request, but if they follow the same pattern I did as a kid, we may have to cave in before they're sneaking into my bedroom in the middle of the night to trick my subconcious! 

LORI VOGT September 29, 2011 at 02:14 AM
My so-loved, absolutely adorable, smartest papillon alive, is having pupples in 2 weeks, and they would be ready to go to their furever homes for Christmas. All I have to do is convince my husband not to keep them all! After being dog-free for over 10 years, we have fallen in love again with man's best friend. It is sooo worth the time and effort, even if the kids don't pitch in at all!
Jess September 29, 2011 at 08:38 PM
I grew up with dogs, cats, fish, etc. My mom would always tell me when you get your own house you'll know just how much work is involved! I always thought she was just being grumpy and no fun....we now have a dog and two cats, omg was she right! My girls did everything for them at first, now its a fight! Just more work for me. But, I wouldn't trade them for the world! (the animals, it would depend on the offer for the girls) JUST KIDDING :)
Jenn McCulloch September 30, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Thanks all! I certainly wasn't taking the kids promises to help too seriously! Though we had another morning of 'But I'd love to pick up poop' and 'Of course I'd clean up after a puppy.' And Jess, I can imagine there are certainly days that the animals are much less work than the kids!!
Jenn McCulloch September 30, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Well, I've convinced someone to get a dog--Michelle uploaded some pics of a little cutie!! And should I go by votes placed, we'd be going to pick one up right now!!
Michelle Petroccio September 30, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Thanks Jenn! She is just a bit adorable! Perfect birthday gift for my hubby who doesn't want another! He'll fall in love immediately, I am sure!

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