Thursday, September 23, 2010

p is for pets

Pets: Consider getting a pet. Their contribution to family life can be invaluable. They help to teach responsibility and empathy, two valuable human traits.

Every time we go grocery shopping we visit the pet shop. We 'ooh' and 'aah' at the puppies, the guinea pigs and the fish. Yes, even the fish.

Today there was even a free petting zoo at our local Centro. And Madison held everything.

Can you tell we don't have a pet?

And I'm not sure why because every member of our family - except one - wants a dog (okay, so Noah hasn't actually spelt it out because he can't talk just yet - but he would if he could).

The girls have put in their request for a Golden Retriver or a Labrador, I would like a Rhodesian Ridgeback and Madison would be happy for whatever he can get his hands on.

But we have the husband, the father, the spoil sport. Who gives us reasons why we can't have one.

"We don't have a front fence."

"A dog will eat all the vegies in our garden."

"I'm not home enough, and we can't just up and leave if we want to have a holiday."

"They cost too much money."

"They're like another child."

"They are so much responsibility."

"Are you going to walk it everyday?" (Okay. He's got me there.)

Damn him with his sensible answers.

Now if I could just find a good reason that's convincing enough. Like teaching the kids responsibility and empathy...

Do you have a pet/pets? Why/why not? C'mon, you know we need some more convincing here.

The A-Z of Parenting Tips were inspired by this article in the Courier Mail.