• Rose M Griffith

    Susan, George, I so totally want a dog. it’s what started the Adventures of Burt & Muggins blog that I sporadically post. But when I started the plea with husband to get a dog five years ago, we were traveling a lot. I was unemployed and then part-time employed and went with him on as many business trips to Europe as possible. So, logic dictated, no dog.

    But now, all that’s holding me up is me. Dog poop? Maybe I should get a dog based on how big their poop is-which definitely leaves out the Giant Schnauzer!

  • I solved this problem quickly. I got a dog. And I’m glad I did but all the promises from my son about how he would take care of everything proved to be somewhat exaggerated.

    • George

      I am not surprised your son’s promises seem exaggerated Ken!
      I think kids actually believe they will be responsible and promise all that they do. Slowly the lethargy of childhood creeps in. Perhaps, you could talk it through and get him to do part of what he promised? Your son’s real lucky having you as a parent – you actually get him a dog!
      Thanks for reading through.

  • I’d love a dog too, but wonder if the care would be too much. Plus my cat would probably ever forgive me:-) It would be a hard thing to say no to with a child that’s for sure.

    • George

      Oh, you are so right, saying ‘no’ is difficult. I mean, it’s easy because we really can’t manage a pet, but it’s difficult inside. We want our kids to enjoy the company of dogs, but I guess we need to wait a while longer. At least you have a cat – they can be wonderful too. Thanks for stopping by!

  • When my son was about 8 years old we invested in our first dog. He and Ginger were friends for life – HIS life at home. Then of course when Ginger was 16, he was gone. Guess what happens to little dogs around 16 years old? So my husband and I decided no more dogs. Until we got the May bug. We fell in love with Chanel. This time 16 years later, the same heart-breaking and gut wrenching significant life event. Do we want another dog? Of course, but we just are not going to again. Instead, we love on other people’s dogs and fortunately so many of our friends have them. Love LOVE our furry friends.

    • George

      Patricia, your story brought back memories of my cousin and his wife. They were so heart broken after their dachshund died, they never got another. But yes, just like you, they love dogs that their friends have. Thanks very much for reading thorough and sharing!

  • Jacqueline Gum

    So cute… what a different spin on an age old problem. We got a dog when I was 1 years old! I grew up thinking he was my other brother:) He enriched out lives for 17 years!

    • George

      Thanks for reading through Jacqueline. An age old problem – you so hit the nail on the head. We can’t all solve the problem the way we want to – unfortunately. One day, we will get our kids a pup, until then, we’ll ‘manage’!

  • Cute story, which brought back a lot of memories. My daughter, now 27, started lobbying for a dog when she was 2. When she was almost 12 and my husband opened a home-based business (the excuse that no one was home enough now gone), we got a dog. In a couple of years, another one. Those dogs quickly became part of the family. The poop didn’t bother me so much (my husband did most of the clean-up), but the dog hair everywhere was another story! I wanted to teach the dogs to vacuum.They have both passed on now, but we have many fond memories, shedding hair, poop, and all.

    • George

      Thanks for sharing Donna!
      These are stories of hope, my kids will love. One day, we hope to have real dogs too – fun, poop, hair and all!

  • So cute. I had dogs growing up and I have a dog now. I lived without a dog in my 20s, and I definitely missed it. I just wasn’t ready for the responsibility at that time. My parents were the ones who initiated bringing dogs into our home when I was a kid. However, I did convince my mother to get my a guinea pig, and then I was really bad at taking care of it. She learned the hard way. Of course, I feel bad about it as an adult, but didn’t think twice about it as a kid.

    • George

      Erica, thanks so much for your comment. Childhood is a time of ‘learning’ responsibility, and having a pet is a huge responsibility. You did learn enough to be sorry about the way you cared for your pet as a child. That in itself is a big part of understanding responsibility.

  • In our family we only have one who wants a dog. So it ain’t happening. However, every now and then, the topic gets brought up … all of the reasons why it will not be our pet. And my eldest claims he will never come home again if we do indeed get a dog (which we won’t). The love children (and many adults) have for dogs (and other animals as well) is enormous and hard to explain to those of us who would rather not have a dog at all.

    • George

      You are so right Leora!
      It’s also very interesting to watch people who love dogs encouraging non-lovers to take an interest in dogs. ‘He won’t do anything, he’s harmless’ is used often, but this distresses people who are uncomfortable or just afraid of dogs. Pups are perhaps a better starting point to get used to dogs.

  • I can’t imagine not having a dog, though I am a cat-person too. There was always a dog around when I was growing up, and I have continued the trend in my adult life. Granted, I don’t have kids, so I am one of “those” people. Dogs do require more care, but I recently invested in one of those insert patio doors and can now be away for a night and not have to worry about rushing home to let the dog out. She’s good for two nights if need be, but I think three would be pushing it, though I do know people who have left their dogs for that long. Maybe I should invest in an automatic food dispenser 😉

    • George

      Thanks for reading through Jeri. You are so right – dogs require more care than cats. It’s almost like having another child. The insert patio door sounds like a terrific idea. I always thought they would make the house insecure. Must check them out. Again, thanks for stopping by. Good luck with the food dispenser!

  • I love this story! Mostly because we are in the midst of the same type of ongoing discussion at our house. Our solution for now is to dog-sit for friends occasionally. That way we can get some of the experience, without the long-term commitment!

    • George

      Thank you so much Meredith, very glad you enjoyed the story!
      Dog-sitting is a great idea. The kids are happy, dog is happy with new young friends to play with, you are happy and I am sure the dog owners are happy too. Good Luck with the decision making!

  • Pat Ruppel

    Hi Susan — enjoyed George’s story. I had to chuckle. It seems as if kids are not as easily dissuaded when it comes to having pets; but, in spite of picking up the poop, what you get in return of love and fun is so worth it. So good to talk with you again. 🙂

    • Hi Pat, I’m pleased you did. It was a fun read for sure for me too. I hope all is weel with you, my friend. 🙂

      • Pat Ruppel

        Great to hear from you, Susan. And your welcome — the story was fun. Thank you for asking — all is well. It’s been quite awhile but hope to be back blogging again soon. Been out of touch so long — it’s hard to get back in the groove. I’m working on it, though. Miss you all. 🙂

  • Phoenicia

    I did not own a pet as a child and did not request for one. My daughter asked for a guinea pig and I contemplated buying a rabbit. Pets are expensive.

    • Hi Phoenicia. Yes, they can be. The rewards for having a pet is the love you gain in return even with all the stuff that come with them. 🙂