Arguments for Getting a Family Dog

I always had a dog growing up, and often I feel bad about not having one now. I want my kids to know that loyal canine companionship.

But I don’t want to vacuum pet hair.

My kids periodically beg and plead and promise to walk, feed, brush, scoop etc. They are sure that having a dog would be the BEST THING EVER. Kind of like this:



A dog would prevent them from ever feeling lonely, or sad…


And who could ever be bored, as long as they have a pet dog to amuse them?



Only a pet dog would scratch that itch…




There’s no end to the games they could play together.



And imagine the surprise, if I ever caved to their request?


Before you know it, we’d be THAT family.


Who needs friends why you have a dog, right?

I dedicate this post to Francois, the cutest pug in the world, who belongs to my niece Nicole. If Hello Kitty (our cat) didn’t hate dogs so much, I’d kidnap Francois.





  1. says

    Your post really makes me want a dog. Problem is my son is terrified and insists he’ll never come downstairs if we get one. How do I get him on board?

  2. says

    Don’t do it!!! (or do!)

    I said no to dogs for 10 1/2 years. A vehement no. (I’m allergic so it was a little easier). But when we moved to a kibbutz in Israel where half the families have a dog, and half of those dogs are “outdoor dogs” my son got it into his head he could wear me down. He was right.

    He wore me down — almost to the point of giving in. We had a dog all lined up, a pick up date. And then I realized I had to go back on my yes. I knew it would be a bad idea and we would end up with just another burden on MY hands. And a lot of dog hair for me to sneeze over. Going back on my promise to my son was one of my worst parenting moments ever, but it taught me a lesson. Stick to your gut instinct. It’s right 99.9% of the time.

  3. says

    I probably won’t give in Jen. I’ve got too much on my plate already and getting a cat that hates dogs with a livid burning passion was a good insurance policy. But I do miss having dogs! Maybe someday when the kids are grown. They will never forgive me for that!


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