Lately the hubby and I have been at odds with our boys, okay mainly our oldest, but nonetheless, we have been having some major head butting. Four little words have been driving us nuts for months. Wanna know what they are… “I WANT A DOG”!
Our boys desperately want a puppy in a bad way. We are asked daily if we are getting one, when we are getting one, and most often “WHY NOT?” when we say NO!
There are several factors that are playing into the hubs and I saying no to adding a precious pet into the family. For starters, and this is a biggie, the hubs is allergic to dogs! Something my sweet son just doesn’t think is a big deal. Then there is me. Quite frankly I am not a “dog person”. I really never have been. I don’t like dog hair, I don’t like slobber, I just don’t have the need to have a dog. Also, I would consider us an on the go family, and I just feel like a dog wouldn’t fit.
Their desire for a dog has gotten so bad that we have had to quit taking them to PetsMart to see the animals. Every trip ends with two crying and screaming boys that I’m dragging out of the store yelling “I want a puppy”! I’m not exaggerating on this one.
We usually buy some time with “I’ll think about it”, or “we’ll see”, but within days the issue comes up again. Part of me feels like I am depriving them of a childhood staple. I feel so bad when we say no to their sweet faces, but I just really don’t want one. I know they would love it, be hands on, play with him/her, and it would teach them so much about responsibility, but a dog is a serious commitment that I’m not sure I want to tackle.
The hubs and I are really at a decision is needed point. Do we or don’t we? I know that there are hypoallergenic, non-shedding dogs out there and that over time we would all acclimate to a dog. My main fear is that I just don’t want to regret not seeing the joy of my boys having a pet. Sucking up our own fear and hesitation to give joy to our children is what good parents do, right?
We’ll see where this great dog debate takes us in the future, but for right now sweet little Spot the stuffed dog will have to do!
Any other families struggling with this issue? Any stories to share about when you added a four-legged furry friend to your clan?