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Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Time to Persuade

I am not a dog person. Never have been and I don't think I ever will be. We never had a dog growing up, only cats. I used to be a cat person but since having kids I've become a non-pet person. I like animals...other people's animals. I guess I just feel like taking care of 6 kids is work enough that I don't want the added responsibility of feeding and training an animal too. Plus Ben is allergic to cats so even if we wanted one we wouldn't be able to have one. 

That being said, I have a 9-year-old who adores dogs. Just loves them. He has since he was very young. So it was of no surprise to me that when Noah came home with a persuasive paper he had to write in school that it was written to me trying to persuade me that he should get a dog. It is very well thought out and written in beautiful cursive. It goes as follows: 

Dear Mom,
I want a dog because I won't be hurting any of my brothers. Instead I will be playing with my dog. It will make me more responsible. It's a good idea because you won't be doing any of the work, (dogs don't eat lunch). I'll feed him in the morning and at supper. I'll take him for walks. I'll tie him up before he's trained. 
I want a dog because none of my brothers are dogs. Please let me have a dog. I'll play with my brothers most of the time. I deserve a dog because I've gotten good grades, obeyed you and dad and all my babysitters. I haven't hurt any of my brothers for a long time. I'll pay most of the money! I'll clean the living room and the play room. I'll clean my room without you asking. I'll do the dishes for you. I won't have a bad attitude if I get one.

Your cute son,

How adorable is that! Do you have any idea how heart breaking it was to tell him he's still not getting a dog?


  1. AnonymousJune 06, 2013

    That is adorable!!! I have an idea... Let him dog sit occasionally for other people's dogs! Then u have the experience, he sees what it's like to actually take care of one, but they go home after a weekend or week or so! Sarah Y

    1. Yes, Sarah, we did suggest that to him. Just about everyone we know has a dog so I'm sure if we put it out there he could find time to spend with dogs. I told him when he has a house of his own he can have as many dogs as he wants! :) My in-laws have a dog too so he's looking forward to being up in Madawaska in a few weeks.

  2. Terre RootJune 09, 2013

    My youngest was just like him. Me, being a single mother of 4 (my husband died when they were young) felt like you that I didn't need to take care of anything else. So anyway, we had a seasonal trailor site in a campground and we all knew each other and I felt very comfortable letting the kids roam. Tommy became the "dog walker" of the campground. He would visit all the dogs and walk them around the campground. All that to say, maybe he could walk a neighbors dog for them or someone from church. Tommy is now grown and lives away from home and he has a dog!