Hi everyone. My mother is just against me having a dog as a pet. My sister has asthma but i heard that asthma will not be triggered by animal or dog fur. We are not having any financial problem. We live in an apartment but I kind of like Golden retrievers which are BIG. What should I do to convince my parents that I am ready for a dog?
You sister's health is more important than you getting a puppy right now. A golden in an apartment would mean a lot of work on your part. That is a breed with a lot of energy. At this point, I'm sorry to say, your mom is right putting off your desire for a puppy because of your sisters needs. Sorry kiddo...
Lovelypuppy, what does your sister's Dr. say about you having a dog in the household? How old are you, and can you devote the time it takes to looking after a dog? You can't keep a large breed like the one you want, in an apartment unfortunately, but maybe your Mom would consider a smaller non-shedding breed, if your sister's Dr. agrees. I also have a daughter with asthma, and I breed dogs. She is not bothered by them, but cannot have a cat anywhere near her. How about a fish? LOL
If you are old enough, would you be able to volunteer at a shelter? Some schools are requiring social service projects for graduation. If yours does, then maybe you could do the volunteer work and get school credit as well.
If you can't volunteer yet, why not offer to walk dogs for neighbors who have pets? Obviously, your mom would have to check the people out, but I think that if someone worked all day and had a dog shut up in an apartment, maybe for the summer they'd like you to walk the dog in the middle of the day. It's a thought.
Just because you can't have your own dog right now does not mean that you can't be involved with animals. You are just going to have to do a bit of research to see what's out there.
it's such a sweet thing when a child wants a puppy. but then again, you have to be sure that you're ready. it's quite hard to maintain and keep up with a dog. every angle of it should be looked into. and believe me there are more than you can imagine. being a son is hard i admit.. but also put yourself in your mom's position, im sure she would love to give in to your wish, but then she also has to take into consideration the health hazards, the rigirous tasks you would get yourself into, the studies you might be able to ignore when your so hooked into your new pal. imagine yourself being the one with asthma. it's such a complicated thing getting a new member of the family. and only if you can asure everyone of their own concerns can you satisfy and prove to your mom that you can keep a new dog. even if your sister doesnt have asthma it would still be a HUGE problem keeping a golden retriever inside an apartment, the breed was designed to be in or near water almost all the time. they just love it there. and living in an apartment and being a student as i presume you'd be would be a really hard task. consider the things that your dog would require of you first, or maybe you can just start of with a small breed or a toy dog, until the time when you can afford all the requirements of owning a large breed dog. after that you can do some research and provide your mom some proof that dogs cant trigger asthma...