25 July 2008

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Ah, thanks for the dog tips. DH and the kids want one. Me? Not so much. Too bad this didn't come up in our conversation at BlogHer.

Thanks for the dog owning tips - we have a constant struggle in our house over whether to get a dog. This help a lot.

Our decision to get a dog was years in the making. There was no way we'd get a dog until all of the kids in the house were wiping their own bums and basically handling themselves. With my yougest about to start kindergarten, we felt it was a good time. I grew up with a dog, and the years of friendship and unconditional love I got from him were a highlight of my childhood.

I researched breeds, but, in the end, got a year-old pup off of Craigslist I just had that "feeling" about.

This dog is extremely mellow (no barking, no shedding, loves kids, etc.) -- we really lucked out.

Those are good questions to answer before getting a dog. I was a terrible pet owner as a child. I loved puppies, but (if I am honest with myself), I lost interest as I and the dog got older.

I wish my parents would have had a tip that Adrienne received from a fellow blogger at last year's Blogher conference. She said that parents should require children that want a pet to go through the activities of owning a pet for a month straight before allowing a pet into the home.

So they have to walk the imaginary dog, put out food and water, clean kitty litters and so forth.

It has three benefits:

1. It makes sure that they are committed to the work of having a pet.

2. It shows them how much work is involved in owning a pet.

3. It establishes the behaviors necessary in properly caring for a pet.

If they stick it out for an entire month, then they may just be ready for accepting a pet into their lives.

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