I am going to be 16 and all I want is a pomeranian puppy. My parents said I can get one if I can find one. Most people don't take me seriously, they think I am just a kid, but I don't just want this dog, I need it.
If you know of anyone who is selling some puppies please let me know.
I agree. Only adults can be held responsible for a contract. Wanting and needing are two totally different concepts.
Since you are only 16, you have to consider that you will be at school during the day. You also may/may not work a part time job and therefore your new baby would be alone for a good part of the day. Then you have homework and hanging out with friends, etc. It takes a lot of time and money to properly care for a new puppy. Vet bills can add up quickly, especially if a problem arises.
One thing you may try is to do some volunteer work at your local animal shelter or rescue program. This is a great way to get hands-on experience taking care of animals and is also a way that you can show your parents that you are serious and responsible enough to take care of your own.
Best of luck!
Friends will step in when the rest of the world steps out.
The OP never said that the parents wouldn't help her sign a contract. What I would be wondering at 16 with the last few years of high school and all of the activities and expense that go along with it, how much attention is the puppy really going to get?
Then what? When the OP either wants to go to college or move out? Most rental places do not allow pets. I hope the parents are willing to keep the dog if necessary, because this is why a lot of adult dogs end up in shelters.
People are thinking about the "now" and not what their situation may be in the next 2-15 years.
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Did your parents mean that if you do the work to locate a breeder and find the right dog, then they will sign the contracts AND take care of raising the dog when you are not around? Are they 100% behind you as a full partner in this?
Or, did your parents mean that if you can figure out how to get a dog completely on your own then you get to keep it?
There's a big difference between the two ideas -- and the second version is a recipe for failure. Having a dog is like having a child that never really grows up. Picture yourself with a child and no support from your parents. You and the dog will be miserable after the first year or so, when the novelty wears off.
If your parents are fully supportive and just want you to do the background work, then that's fine. Just make sure they really know what they are signing up for.