Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tainted Love (maybe?)

So help me, I am lost. Since F was 4, he has wanted a dog. While somewhat afraid of them, he has always been drawn to the idea of being a dog owner. We originally told him he could have one when he was 8, thinking it was a forgettable phase.
At 8, we managed to do what parents to best: deflect and manipulate. Yes, F, you can have a dog, IF, you really want one and the accompanying responsibility. We focused on the early morning potty trips, the wintry walks, the poop-scooping, the grooming, the trouble. We talked him out of it, but made him think HE was the one deciding against it. (Not my proudest parenting moment.) I was just so unprepared myself, I guess I plain chickened out.
Relentless, his B-day is approaching and guess what he wants? You guessed it: a Yorkie poo (No, John(s) this is not something nasty). We drove to see a man about a dog (again, not a euphemism). He has puppies for sale in Lynchburg...and, no surprise, F fell in love.
What am I going to do? I say "I" because Jack has wanted a dog since our union 11 years ago. Help me, dog lovers, is it worth it? Coming from someone who has NEVER had a pet, you have some convincing to do...so, GO!

And before you say it, I have a 12-point criteria list for any dog crossing my doorstep, and this one is it. We tried the Humane Society and the local Rescue, and unable to save the 3 legged, one eyed Pinscher, we lended up back at this one. But we TOO saw the Oprah on puppy mills, so we will stay clear of those...PROMISE!

5 comments:

Lauren in GA said...

Oh, that is such a sweet little puppy face...awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I will be no help here...because, I am a sucker for those puppy dog eyes.

I was chuckling the other day with Mike that I miss Jake because he kept my kitchen floor so clean...he ate all of the food before I even had a chance to sweep. The part we were chuckling about is that being too lazy to sweep is not really a proper reason to have a pet...but, hey...it was a perk!

I love using the, "deflect and manipulate" tools in parenting.

Now I have Tainted Love in my head. Good thing I luh-hove that song.

WonderGirl said...

I think there's a special bond between a boy and his pup, you can't break it! I think the puppy is adooooorable though :)

NRV Cheese said...

Can we vote on names? I nominate "Huck."

It's a lucky puppy that finds such a good home.

Elizabeth said...

My policy is, nothing that poops. Is it bad that I am happy Kalani is allergic so I can just blame it on hom when the kids beg?

Brittany and John said...

i'm claiming allergies..true or not!!!!