Some of you may remember me from the "I want a dog!" topic. I am the one who wants a dog. Anyway, I presented the essay to my parents last Sunday evening aaannnddd... well, they didn't say no. My dad isn't completely for it, but he isn't completely AGAINST it, either! My mom, however, is still thinking it over. Apparently, last time I got a puppy, her dreams of whatever having a puppy would be like were shattered by the real thing. She, like me, didn't think about the work that is involved with getting a puppy! She, like me, figured it would be wonderful. Plus, I didn't have such a good attitude myself after a while, so that on top of her "dreams" being kinda shattered, all led up to what happened in the end. They didn't say no, though! That's one good thing...
*sigh* My mom delivered a "letter" last night explaining why she was hesitant to get a dog. She said it wasn't because of my past "failure", but because of the time commitment. She still hasn't said no, though...
You have to realize, you are only 13. How are you going to take care of a dog? With what money? Your parents are going to have to pay for everything, so if they say no I totally understand. You cannot be held responsible for that dog (legally), they are. Let's not forget you go to school at least 6 hours a day. Puppies cannot be left alone that long. Who will take care of it during the day? Your parents.
My parents would not allow me to get my dog until I was old enough, had my own job and means to support it, and could be home during the day to take care of it. I'm 17, almost 18, homeschooled, and have a part-time very well paying job. Riley has costs me THOUSANDS of dollars. Do you have that kind of money? Do you have the time to take it to puppy class and potty train it? Do you want to get up in the middle of the night to take it out to go potty?
I'm not trying to be mean, just realistic. If your parents say no, don't be surprised.
I would recommend that you find a way to volunteer to care for dogs. That way you get the time with dogs that you crave, and experience that will come in handy later, whenever you are able to get your own pet.
I think my local Humane Society requires their volunteers to be 16. You may find that some places near your house also have age restrictions, too. Don't let that stop you. Go to Petfinder.com to find shelters/rescue groups in your area. Call them all.
If there are none in your area, or they say you are too young, call vets and groomers. Maybe a groomer will let you walk dogs for them on their busy days, such as the weekends. They certainly need extra hands during the busy Christmas season!
Make sure that they know that you don't want money, you just want to be around dogs.
Do you have a lot of after school activities that would keep you busy at night and weekends that would keep you from spending time with your dog?
I got my best dog when I was thirteen he was the best. I would take him out for walks and run him when I got home from school even when it snowed. Not when it rained though I hate getting my hair wet. Anyway then I would come home and do my homework.
So maybe if you heve that kind of time to spend you can point you parents in that direction. But if your into sports and stuff where you have after school practice and games on the weekends then maybe your moms right and your might not have the time for a dog right now.
If you don't have after school activities and stuff I would see about joining you local 4-H club. Ask you parents if they would mind taking you to the meeting which are usually only once a week. They might take you serious if you are going to get involved in something with your dog.
Just some thoughts. Hope all goes well. Now is the time to get one though if you wait finding the time might be harder.
In response to thelifeofriley: I am getting a job next year. I will be able to make money then AND save it. Also, I do not go to school, I am homeschooled.
I do not have that kind of money now, but, like I said, I get a job next year. Yes, I have the time for dog/puppy class and training.
Ah, yes, the getting up in the middle of the night. With my previous puppy, a Black Lab/English Setter mix, she did not wake me up until 2:30 at first, then not until 5:30am. I would take her down two flights of stairs and outside in the freezing air. Yes, I would be ok with taking him/her outside. The best time of year would be sometime in early spring, right? Because then I would have plenty of time when it is warmer to train him/her outside.
When I said my parents were hesitant about the time commitment, I meant that they like to take trips. Although, if I get a dog, we would be able to take him/her on the trip, wouldn't we?
I have no after-school activities. I do have choir, but that only lasts about 2 hours and my Mom can easily go get him/her in the middle of the practice time. Plus, I think there is no choir in Summer.
Sorry, but what is a 4-H club? I'm not familiar with them. It sounds like a good idea, though. Do they cost?
Something that you should think about is maybe a smaller dog? Something that would be a little better to take on trips with? Alot of motels will allow dogs to stay as long as they are under a certain weight. I wouldn't suggest something tiny(chi or pom) but maybe something in the cocker spaniel size. If you go to www.dogbreedinfo.com you can look up breeds by size and then they tell all about the breed. Plus, if you do try to volunteer at the shelter, you may find the perfect dog of your dreams there!! You never know!
You should be able to find a 4-H office number in the phone book or if you go to the fairs. You can get information there.
You will find them in the barn area. Sheep, cows, rabbits the polutry building. I know our fair has several buildings set aside for just 4-H project. There is a lot of animal things they do, but they do other things too.
Mine didn't cost anything. Other then the time we went to the water slide park then we had to chip in some money for that and pizza later, but it wasn't that much.
You learn about dog anatimy and then they do confermation and obedence stuff. The other nice thing is you can use any kind of dog. It doesn't have to be a purebred.
In response to KatzPomDogz: That's what I was thinking. Do smaller dogs have more "messes", though?
In response to Langniappe: Thanks for the help! I'll tell my parents!
In response to thelifeofriley: A year or so ago, my parents agreed to let me get a puppy from my Aunt, who's Black Labrador Retriever was having puppies. She lived in Michigan. I live in Pennsylvania. The trip home was not fun. Anyway, Coco was with us two weeks. None of my family (including me) really had any idea what to do and Coco was a big puppy. Anyway, after two weeks of totally messing up on pretty much everything, my mom put an ad in the paper advertising that Coco was for sale for $250. I think it was the next day that this very nice elderly couple came, got to know Coco, and bought her. They had had many dogs before, so they definitely knew what they were doing.
Back then, I had no idea what I was doing. Now, however, I have read quite a few dog books, and I know a lot more about them. Plus, I have experience from last time. So this time, if they say yes, then I think I would have a better idea what to expect.
***Edited By: _My_Puppy_Coco_ on 12/12/2005 8:53:34 PM*** Reason: blah