My oldest son has been begging for a dog for years. We have always told him a dog is so much work, a dog stinks, a dog poops a lot, a dog pees a lot, and a dog sheds. What would we do with a dog when we went out of town? What would we do if our dog escaped the yard? What would we do if our dog bit someone?
These are all good reasons not to get a dog. But he’s been asking for YEARS, people! This is not a phase that’s going to run its course. And now I have a three year old who’s begging for a dog too.
It doesn’t help matters that my grandpa, who I adored, used to say, “Every boy should have a dog.”
My cute grandpa with his own dog during the 1930s.
So we are seriously considering getting a dog (I can’t believe I actually typed that). And if we are going to have a dog, I want it to be inside because outside dogs seem … mangy (I’m sorry if that offends you outdoor-dog people). My husband has almost come around to the idea too.
Please share with me the pros and cons of dog ownership. Having a dog and the added responsibility would be good for my oldest boy, and I really think he would rise to the occasion. So with that in mind, do you think a dog is a good idea or bad? •