If you're living with your parents, and they say no dog, then respect that. But badgering them with tactics is usually not a way to earn their acceptance to do what it is you want them to do. And they are the ones that have to pay for it, feed it, and in the end they will probably put more time into the dog than the child who asked for it.
LOL - all I can tell you is how I persuaded my husband to get a puppy. I said "honey, I've been thinking, what do you think of having another child... what do you think?" When he looked at me with a look of complete shock, I busted out laughing and said "But I'd settle for a puppy...." When he caught his breath and his face returned to it's normal color he agreed that we could have a puppy.
Well then I'm sorry but it's not a great topic. Are you trying to encourage kids to be brats and say "Mommy, I want a dog". That isn't what it's like in the real world, there's so many unwanted dogs in the shelters because they were bought for their little kids on christmas day and just returned to the shelter.
I don't see the point of this topic? I think your a kid yourself, to every breed you say "what's their energy level"? And you seem to want every dog, first its a pomeranian, then a lab, then a puggle. What next?
Sienna ,i think thats a little rude......i am trying to get to know alot about other dog breeds....i want to see whats write for my lifestyle.i love all dogs and dont know which one to pick...please consider my thoughts
***Edited By: animallover123 on 8/8/2006 2:42:09 PM*** Reason: ...
I think you need to ask yourself, "Why do I need this dog?" Do you need something to nuture? Do you need a hobby? Do you need someone/something to rely on you to give your life meaning? Do you need an activity that will get you outside and active?
These aren't questions that only a young person needs to ask -- these are reasonable questions for *anyone* to ask themselves when contemplating a dog.
If you really think about what needs you are attempting to meet, and discuss it with your parents at this level, you might get somewhere. However, you may also find that dog isn't the best answer. Volunteering at a shelter may be a good intermediate step, for example.
I understand your trying to research a little but a dog's a dog. Pick it our based on their characteristics, not "cuteness". First, ask yourself why you need a dog (as someone else said). Don't get a dog because it's cute, because people who buy "cute" dogs normally get bored with them.
I chose Max because he wormed his way into my heart, he reminded me of my old dog Gizmo, and I am a person who loves looking after things. I like responsibility, I like a challenge, and I love being his main care-provider.
Just think about it seriously, you do tend to post the same questions for each dog breed you like, and those are things that can easily be found in a book. Buy a dog encyclopedia, and research a little. But, please don't buy a puggle, because it's "cute". Go to a shelter.
Animallover123, I have no idea how to persuade parents to get a dog! The nicest thing about being grown is getting to make choices for yourself. The good news is you and anyone else who wants a dog will some day be grown. But in the meantime if I wanted a dog, I would try to learn as much as possible about all the different breeds. If I could I would volunteer at a shelter, and maybe find someone who has a dog you could walk. Sometimes there might be a older person in the neighborhood who just can't get around as much as they use to find possible and their dog still needs to walk. Or maybe they need help grooming their dog. People with larger breeds have alot of work washing them, a extra set of hands would be nice!!!! I hope you find the answers you are looking for.
Great response thlynda, especially the part about helping an older neighbor with their pet.
I know some kids are very responsible and will put effort into a dog but one of our 3 dogs is supposed to be our 16 y.o. daughters puppy, and guess who feeds, walks, bathes, brushes & picks up after him? Me, mom, of course. She did read books about puppies & training, but I am the one who takes care of most of his needs, as well as the other 2 dogs. And both kids wonder why the dogs like me best.
my brother came to visit the other day, his 2 year old daughter was with him. I really wish they lived closer, as Tsion sadly lacks social skills. At first when they came he did his bark and growl routine, But Bekah didn't care at all, she just wrapped her little arms around his neck and off they went, by the end of the day they were great buds. I really wish I knew someone with a courageous little kid nearby so he would get accustomed to rough and tumble part.