Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
This is a common question and something that a lot of kids need to deal with. Personally, I think that all kids should be allowed to have a dog; not all parents agree with me, of course. Dogs require a lot of time, a lot of work, and sometimes they even require a lot of money. This is usually why parents decide not to get a dog.
How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Get a Puppy
- Fulfill all of your household duties so that you can prove you are responsible enough to buy and take care of a dog.
- Save enough money to buy a dog and have money put away for his upkeep and medical care.
- Do research on the breed of dog you want to purchase and make sure you can explain how the dog is going to fit into your family.
- Explain what you are going to do when you leave the house for college or your first apartment outside of the house.
- Make a contract with your parents.
1. Prove You Are Responsible
Fulfill all of your household duties so that you can prove you are responsible enough to buy and take care of a dog. If you help around the house, do all of your work from school, and even have time for a part-time job, you will make it a lot easier for them to say yes. Don't do things that make them likely to say no.
2. Save Enough Money to Buy a Dog
Save enough money to buy a dog and have money put away for his upkeep and medical care. (If you are not old enough to work outside the house, you need to consider alternatives like a paper route. If you are too young to even do that you need to realize you are only going to get a dog when you are older and your parents accept it. It is their house, they pay the bills, and they will have the final say in what happens.) When you have enough money in your savings account to show your parents that you can save responsibly, you can show it to them.
3. Do Research on the Breed of Dog You Want
Do research on the breed of dog you want to purchase and make sure you can explain how the dog is going to fit into your family. If you like the way Border Collies look when they play Frisbee, but no one is willing to walk the dog for an hour twice a day, you need to look for another breed. If you like the way Siberian Huskies look but your dad raises geese, this is not the breed for you. If you like almost everything about Golden Retrievers but do not like the way they look, just keep searching. You can find a dog breed that you are interested in and a pet that your parents will be happy to accept.
4. Explain What You'll Do When You Leave
Explain what you are going to do when you leave the house for college or your first apartment outside of the house. If you are twelve, for instance, you may only be home for another six years. That seems like a long time to you but it is only about half as long as your dog is going to live.
5. Make a contract with your parents.
Make a contract with your parents. Show them your savings account balance and prove to them that you will be responsible for all of the expenses. The contract needs to specify that you will be responsible for the caretaking, the daily walk, and obedience classes.(Are you sure you know what is involved in taking care and training a dog? Check out books from the library and prove to your parents that you are willing to find out what you need to know.) You will need to let your parents know that you will clean up after the dog and exercise and train her so that she does not develop behavioral problems like excessive digging, chewing, and barking. The contract does not need to be fancy, and you do not need to have a lawyer write it for you. Just be honest and tell them what you will do.
You can also discuss where you are going to get your new dog. If you are willing to adopt a mixed breed dog from a shelter maybe your parents will be more willing to accept your decision. They are going to be happy to see you becoming responsible.
Think about what you will do if your dog needs a new home. What if someone in your family is allergic? What is your dog bites your little brother or sister? Think about the many years your dog will be a member of the family and discuss this with your parents.
Explain how a dog will keep you busy and away from the "wrong element". If you walk your dog twice a day, take care of her health needs, and make sure you clean after her, she will take up a good deal of time.
If only one of your parents is against you having a dog, you need to find out why. You need to convince them it will be for everyone´s good. You will need to walk him every day so a dog is going to keep you from sitting in front of the TV playing video games all afternoon. A dog can protect you, serve as a watchdog to guard your house, be a friend to hang out with, and will make you grow up and assume responsibilities. A dog can even keep you healthier! Besides staying fit from walking the dog, do you know that petting him will actually lower your blood pressure?
Deciding on a Puppy Breed
There are several great dog breeds that you should not get while living with your family. A few of them are listed under dog breeds for people who like to be alone, but make sure any breed you decide on is okay with everyone in the family.
While this breed is a very cute puppy, it will become a large dog and will definitely be hard to handle.
If you are going to be getting a large or giant dog you need to be sure that you can cover the expenses. Will your parents help you out if you cannot handle things?
Even a dog like the Labrador Retriever can be expensive to maintain.
The Chihuahua will cost less to take care of and you may be able to find one at your local animal shelter. Make sure everyone wants to get one of these little dogs!
Although they look really nice, the English bulldog can be expensive to maintain. They also do not live as long as some dog breeds.
You might find a great Pit Bull puppy but you need to remember that not everyone will accept your dog as he grows older. Is your choice going to be okay with your family?
If you buy a Labradoodle you have chosen a "desgner dog"; he was developed to be as friendly as a Labrador Retriever but like a Poodle he does not shed much.
Maltese dont eat much, don't take up much space, rarely shed, and get along great with cats. They do like to bark! Don't get one of these dogs without thinking about the barking. Will your parents think it is okay?
The Golden Retriever is good with families and is also good around cats and other pets. Like any large dog, however, he can be expensive to maintain.
My first dog was part of the family. If you have parents that are against having a dog in the house your task is going to be even more difficult, and maybe impossible. When I was older I paid for a dog from the money I saved from working, and that in itself is an important lesson. If you are not able to purchase a dog, pay for his food, pay for his toys, and pay for his medical care, you do not need to be asking for a dog. Think about all that is involved before you try to convince your parents to let you get a dog.
Articles To Help You Decide On The Best Dog...
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Questions & Answers
Question: I'm gonna save up money to get an Aussie, but what if my mom says no, and all my work for the dog is for nothing?
Answer: Be sure to get your moms approval before starting to save up for the new dog.
On another issue, are you sure that an Aussie is a good choice? They are cute dogs, but they are not suited to be left around the house all day with no activity. They are a working dog, and if you are at school all day, you will probably come home to find torn up pillows, or if you keep your dog outside he will probably dig holes in the yard and do his best to escape.
Question: My parents say I should get a dog from a shelter. Why?
Answer: I do not know why they feel that you have to get a dog from a shelter, but some people recommend it since there are so many dogs put to sleep in shelters every year in the US.
If they want you to get a dog from a shelter, it would be a good idea to ask them why.
If you do get a dog from a shelter, make sure that it is a breed or mixed breed dog that is going to fit your lifestyle. If you go to school and no one is home to take care of your dog, a high strung dog like a Husky mix, a Border Collie mix, or an Australian Cattle Dog mix are not appropriate.
Question: My parents think we don't have the time to get a dog, because they work a lot in the day. How can I convince them to get me a dog?
Answer: If your parents do not want to get a dog because they work long hours, they must be convinced that you are not going to take care of him and her. What can you do to change their minds? Do you do chores around the house? Do they see you vacuuming the floor, cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the bathroom, etc.? What about your bedroom? If that is a real mess, and you do not even take care of your own space, why should they think you are going to go out of your way to take care of a new dog?
You need to discuss this with them even more. There is something else involved here, not just the amount of time they spend at work.
Question: My brother is allergic to dogs. Not horribly, but still allergic. I really want a golden retriever, and am willing to do extra chores and pay for him/her. How do I convince my mom to let me get one?
Answer: If your brother is allergic, even a little, a Golden is not a good choice. They shed, a lot, and the hairs have been licked and are covered in the allergen.
The only thing you can do is bring home a puppy and see how it does. You will need to make a deal with the breeder that if the dog does not do well you can take it back.
Explain this to your mom. Maybe she will be willing to give it a try if you are willing to take the puppy back if there are problems.
You can also look at a Goldendoodle, which is a Golden and Standard Poodle cross. They are not all low shedding dogs, despite what the breeders will tell you, but you can talk to the breeder beforehand and explain the situation, make sure it is one of the most Poodle-like of the litter.
They can be expensive. Your best bet is a Standard Poodle. They are great dogs. Read all about them, and discuss their lack of allergen shedding with your mom.
Question: My parents say it's too much work to have a puppy around. How can I convince them to get a puppy?
Answer: It is a lot of work to have a puppy around. You need to convince them that you are going to put in the work of taking care of a puppy.
If they see that you are a responsible person, and do things around the house (cleaning your room, washing the car, washing the dishes, etc.), then they are more likely to believe you.
I also read about a father that made a contract with his kids so that they would agree to take care of it no matter what. Maybe they will believe it if you put it in writing?
Question: How do I convince my parents to get a dog if we live in an apartment?
Answer: There may be restrictions placed by the landlord. He or she may have made your parents sign a paper refusing to keep a dog, or they may have to pay extra rent each month because of a dog.
If that is the case, they may never want to get a dog. If a dog is acceptable where you live, and they think that a dog will not do well in your apartment, there are lists of dogs that do well in apartments:
Question: How can I earn money for a dog as a kid?
Answer: Since you are doing this to save up money for a dog you should also ask about cleaning cages at your local vets. Or you can try to start dog walking, and even go door to door in your neighborhood and offer to walk their dog. Be sure to get your parents permission before trying any of these things.
Question: My parents do not want to take care of the dog after I leave for college. I am 14. What should I do?
Answer: If your parents are not willing to take care of the dog when you leave for college the best option is to not get a dog. You may end up in a dorm or a small apartment that does not allow dogs so you will not be able to keep him. Your only option will be to take the dog to the shelter or find an alternate home for the dog in four years.
That is not a good option. I recommend you wait until after college, when you have a place of your own.
Question: How many times should I walk my dog per day?
Answer: To prevent your dog from developing behavioral problems (digging, trying to escape, excessive barking, etc.) he should be walked a bare minimum of twice a day. If you are in school, get up a few minutes early to take him for a walk. Go for a walk when you get home from school, and then take him for another before bedtime.
If you cannot take him for that final walk because of the neighborhood you live in, ask one of your parents if they would be willing to walk with you.
Nana on August 01, 2020:
I want a chihuahua
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 18, 2020:
Tawny, look at the suggestions above.
Tawny on July 17, 2020:
My family already had a dog and I want to get another smaller puppy but my dad says no because he thinks that life’s better and easier without a dog (even though I would be taking care of it)
What should I do?
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 06, 2020:
My dream, all I can suggest is you follow the steps above. If they are adamant about this there is nothing you can do but wait until you move out.
My dream on July 06, 2020:
Hi Dr.Mark. I've wanted a dog since I was 4. My dad is fine with getting one only if my mom agrees but she is completely against the idea of a having a dog. I already saved up money to buy one and have found agencies that could take care of the dog if we have to leave for vacation. My mental health has also been getting worse these days and I hoped that a dog would help me through it but I don't know if I should tell my parents that. Finally, my mom tells me she will only consider getting a dog when we will move into a house with a garden but I know they'll only buy one when I move out. What should I do?
My parents say we don't need another dog. on July 04, 2020:
Why? I feel like we do.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 23, 2020:
Isabella, if you want to travel, getting a dog is a bad idea.
Isabella on June 22, 2020:
My mom and dad both work a lot and I really want a dog , also my mom is allergic well not to bad but still . My dad agreed but my mom complains that the dog will pee and pooop and is NOT easy to handle. She said that in her work times no one will rake care of the dog.So what should I do ?p.s I want to travel a lot but how do I do that if I have that dog?
sad responsible boi on June 21, 2020:
i did every thing and i had a chance but my mum and pa ruined it on purpose what do i do
also its been my dream since kindergarten to get a doggo
Beagle-less on June 16, 2020:
I want my very own dog. we have a current dog named rocky (hes a maltipoo) he is very old and has an ear problem and I want a dog that'll play with me. Beagles are my favorite dog but my mom says I cant get one until rocky dies. I love him, but I want a beagle. Help!
Caroline on May 18, 2020:
I already have a dog but I would like to get him a friend so they can play together in my garden
Brooke on May 03, 2020:
Wow, everyone seems to have the exact same problems as me :( Good to know I am not the only one with really stubborn parents!
Sailor on March 26, 2020:
My poor pup just got put down and my dad said no more dogs but if he loses that argument it has to be a beage
Amanual on December 30, 2019:
They look good
No dog! on December 16, 2019:
My parents will not crack. They think I am responsible. They know that I know how to train a dog. But, they said to me I can not have a dog.
Elihle Mangena on August 20, 2019:
My mom is scared of dogs but i really really want one what do i do?
Brady on July 07, 2019:
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I really want a dog but my mom hates them is there anyway to change her mind.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 28, 2018:
Hi "no dog", if you have tried the things I suggested here but your mum still says no there is not a lot else you can do. You might have to wait until you are out on your own.
No dog on December 27, 2018:
Hi, I’m almost twelve and I love dogs. Unfortunately my parents say we can’t get one. I think that they really deep down do want one but my Mum says as they both work full time and me and my little brother have school that we can’t get one. Any help?
HELP ME!!!!! on December 23, 2018:
My parents have discussed getting a dog before, but then I saw a bunny and I fell in love and bought her, and that's why I think they are not letting me have a dog! My brother really wants a dog aswell. All my friends have dogs too! My grandma has a dog, so my parents excuse is "go and play with grandmas dog!" but I want one of my own Please Help!!!!!!
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 29, 2018:
Dogless, if you have tried the things in this article and still have had no success there is not much else I can do. You will probably have to wait until you have moved out.
Dogless on November 28, 2018:
I have enough money to buy a dog, and I even have a dog that I want. The problem is I have to convince my parents, and they already said no. My mom is okay-ish with it, but if I bring up the topic with my dad he jest says no. Please help me!
Sad girl who does not have a dog on June 10, 2018:
Hi, so I really want a dog but my parents won't let me. Their main reasons are that we don't have the time because both my parents work a lot of the time, they think I am not responsible enough and we also have rabbits. Are they right? Please help me :(
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 21, 2018:
Za, did she have a bad experience? Why did she get, rid of the dog? Maybe talk to her about it, let her know a new dog will be different.
Za on May 20, 2018:
What if your mom had a dog and got rid of it and it's almost been a year and you want a dog but she won't let you and you have done everything? Because this is happening to me.
Erlian on April 05, 2018:
I had 2 little pitbulls in my House and I really wanted them but my mom say no, she likes dogs and we can afford to care for them but she still say no
I WISH I HAD A DOG!!!! on March 17, 2018:
My parents will never let me have a dog no matter how hard I try! ;(
Sad no puppy owner on March 10, 2018:
I need a dog but my dad won’t say yes
Emily good on March 08, 2018:
i think this was very helpful and then i got a labradoodle and named her presis little girl
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 03, 2018:
non dog owner--do you mean that your partents agreed to let you have a dog and will not purchase one? Maybe they just do not have the spare cash. If you are old enough, get a spare time job doing something (like a paper route or cutting grass) and earn a little money to buy the dog yourself. A puppy does not have to be expensive.
non dog owner on March 02, 2018:
everyone is ok for getting a dog but I have to be responsible about everything that happens to him and take care of him and I had no problem but my parents wont buy one
aryan on February 25, 2018:
my dads like he wants to get a dog my moms like shes got no problems as long as me and my dad take all the care.
now i dont know why we arent getting a dog
nanok on January 24, 2018:
My dad doesn't let me have one no matter what I try
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 21, 2017:
Maia, do you mean help with the cats? There are breeds of dogs that get along with most cats, see my article
I hope this is what you need
Maia on November 21, 2017:
So, I have want a dog but my parents say no. I have shown them that I know everything about dogs and I have enough money to pay for everything the dog needs. I have great grades and I am in advanced classes so that is not the problem. The only other thing I could think of is our cats. They are outdoor cats and get along with dogs. So, I can not think of the problem my parents have with dogs. Also, my parents are not afraid of dogs and we have a house that is big enough for a dog. So, if you could help me that would be great thanks.
on October 17, 2017:
I have had a dog before and loved it but was always busy with school and such, I had to get Rid of it☹️but now I'm homeschooled and have tons of time and money too and i really think I'm ready again, but I don't think I will get a second chance
Ahhhhhh on September 29, 2017:
Hi this is a girl I have wanted a dog all my life I am about 10 years old now and I think I'm a little more responsible to have a dog can you help me
Mia on September 10, 2017:
I have wanted a dog but my mom will not let me have one because I have a cat.Can you help me try to get a dog?
Deepushine on July 26, 2017:
Thank u I don't know how to thank u
Ainai on June 09, 2017:
Me, both of my brothers, and my dad want a dog, but my mom says no. I've written a letter stating how a dog would be good for the family, and addressed her concerns, but still no luck. I worked hard to get good grades, clean up my mess, and fix my behavior, but so far no luck. What should I do now?
AHHHHHHHHH on June 07, 2017:
HELP! My dad, sisters, brother, and me all want a dog! Then my mom had to come along and ruin it. She hates dogs as much as I love them. I dunno why, buuuuuuuuut it has something to do with a Great Dane they did not know how to take care of (they=dadandmom). We said WE know how to take care of it but she won't listen! She said we could get anything we wanted if we were responsible EXCEPT a dog! Which basically means in my mind that she would get us ANYTHING except the one thing I want! Can you help me with this?
HELP on May 23, 2017:
My mom, sister, and I want a dog, but my dad says NO what do I do? I have done essays, research, and contracts, but my dad still says no.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 09, 2017:
Not hopeless, maybe it is about the money and your mom is discussing these other things so that she´ll be on your dad´s side. My best advice would be to save the money to buy and take care of the dog so that he will feel a little less burdened. When I was thinking of my first Siberian Husky, back in the 70s, I got a paper route and mowed lawns, opened a savings account, and had enough to take care of my dogs in the beginning. Hope it works out for you.
Not Hopeless, but needs Advice on February 09, 2017:
I'm not hopeless. I convinced my mom that we only have to walk the dog twice a day but she always has excuses. Me and my sister make plans, but I always get out of that plan making mood and I just forget about the dog. I really want one. My mom says stuff like it's a lot of responsibility and she doesn't want to do everything, even though she won't. My dad says it's about the money. Any help?
Anna on January 30, 2017:
yea. I'm an only child and I get really lonely. If I could get a dog it would be a dream come true. My parents gave me a speech about getting a dog. I understand but they both have siblings. And I have a solution for Halea. You could ask your parents to let you foster a dog. That's what I did. And they can see how much a dog means to you. Maybe they could get you a dog.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 14, 2017:
Sorry Halea, sometimes nothing is going to work, huh?
Halea on January 13, 2017:
Well written, but my parents still wont let me have one :'C
Mini on January 10, 2017:
This article is mostly realistic, but I'd like to meet the 15 year old that can pay for a 200+ dollar vet bill. It's entirely unrealistic to leave that up to a child. Vetting is THE most expensive thing about owning a pet, then food. Parents should expect the child to clean up after, feed and bathe the pet, but the cost of food, medications, vet, professional grooming should fall on the parents because they make more than enough money to pay for that. I speak as someone who is an adult and a long time dog and pet owner.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 17, 2014:
Here is a link to an article about hypoallergenic dogs that are good with kids:
I hope that helps. Is there another reason they are saying no? If your parents say "no" and give a reason, try things in this article. If they say "no and that is final" it is a lot harder to deal with.
Keep trying. Let me know how things are going for you.
Ally on June 16, 2014:
I love this article. Except what if someone in ur family is allergic to pets. Even if someone in ur family wasn't allergic to pets and either way they wouldn't let u have one. What do I do?
Cat Abel on June 01, 2014:
Ok and I'm free all the time besides when I have school, I got an account..I'm Cat
Cat Abel on June 01, 2014:
We'll im always never busy so I can care for it and I can't explain any thing about dogs to my parents
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 01, 2014:
Hi Cat, French Bulldogs are pretty great but they are kind of expensive. Are your parents worried about the costs, or is it just any dog? You said they will pay, so if cost is not an issue explain how a dog will benefit your life. You will take it out for a walk twice a day so you will exercise more, and if you take time training her and doing some dog sport (Frenchies are not the best choice here) you will stay busy and keep away from the "bad element" at school. Believe me, that is every parents worst nightmare, so a dog is a great way to spend your hours.
Don't forget to explain what will happen to the dog in a few years when you are off to college! Good luck.
Cat on June 01, 2014:
Ima a kid and I really want a dog. I do research on breed (frenchbulldogs), where to buy them, what they need, ect. I even found out they are really easy to care for out of most dogs. They don't dig holes, bark (make pug sounds is the noise they make), don't chew furniture (what I've heard), and good lap dogs. Perfect for my family. But when I try to tell them they yell at me. And when I email them or make a slideshow they ignore it and don't read it. When I even say the word dog they don't wanna listen. They are as hard as bricks. They say I'm responsible and that they'd pay for one if we had one but they also say I JUST DON'T WANT A DOG, and I say "that's not an answer why though." So I don't know how to convince them. I try everything.
bellapalomar on January 21, 2014:
that is a suggestion !
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 04, 2012:
That is a great suggestion! It is probably the area most kids feel reluctant about. I would like to add that to the list of what kids can do to prove they are ready--do you mind?
Bev G from Wales, UK on November 04, 2012:
Very good article. I think it would make good sense for a child to go out with a friend's family who do have a dog and have a practice at cleaning up the poop! We have a 10 wk old lab x retriever (trainee seeing-eye/guide dog pup) and there is a lot of clearing up involved - my kids don't volunteer to help out in that department!
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 22, 2012:
A Jack called Jack! Nice to hear from you. More parents need to be like you, and understand.
freecampingaussie from Southern Spain on October 22, 2012:
My daughter desperatly wanted a dog and we lived in the country so I found one that needed a home . A Jack Russell called Jack ! She loved him, fed him - took him for walks etc . In the mornings he would sit on my knee on the back veranda & I loved him as well . Having a dog is so good !
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 22, 2012:
I realize that sometimes there are people out there with phobias that will never accept a dog in the house. I have a neighbor like that and to her size does not matter, she is afraid of them all. The only alternative to those kids is to get out of the house as soon as possible, but I feel sorry for every one of them that has to deal with such a sterile and colorless childhood.
Maria Janta-Cooper from UK on October 22, 2012:
As a child I haven't been lucky and later I'm still not lucky... People are more important than a dog and when you live with somebody who isn't comfortable around dogs... There is no way to have a dog. ...
Nevertheless, I loved to read your very interesting and charming hub. Voted up and shared.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 21, 2012:
Thanks Rachel. I think we were both lucky to have parents that realized the importance of having a dog. I tried to pass this on to my kids too and hope they will be as open with their kids.
I guess you didn't have any little farm animals back then. Keeshounds are great dogs but have high prey drive. Not as bad as my Huskies, of course!
Thanks for stopping by. I have my comments set up so that they do not show until I approve them. I just didn't get here last night, which is why your comment never showed up. (If someone leaves a really inappropriate comment on one of your hubs it can hurt your ranking, which is why I set it up that way.)
Rachel Koski Nielsen from from PA, now homesteading in MN on October 21, 2012:
I commentedo on this and the comment vanished! Anyway, I loved this hub. I think I originally had more to say than that, something about how I was lucky to have a dog-loving father so I got my first dog when I was 7. We went to the pound to get an older golden, but he was gone, so I got an 8-mo-old keeshond instead! I think all kids should have a dog if they want one. That dog was my best friend until she died. Awesome hub, hope it helps some kids out there!! :)
Rachel Koski Nielsen from from PA, now homesteading in MN on October 20, 2012:
Great job! I was lucky to have a dog-loving father and we went to the local shelter to adopt a dog when I was 7, haha. We were going to get an old golden but he was gone, so I got a 10-mo-old Keeshond instead! I swore I would even walk her to the vet all by myself! He didn't hold me to that ;) I think all kids should have a dog if they want one, that dog was my best friend until she died.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 20, 2012:
Thank you both for the kind words! I probably am not the typical parent since I let my kids get any pet they wanted, but I help this helps some that are in a rough spot with their 'rents!
Deborah from Las Vegas on October 20, 2012:
You have the most beautiful and meaningful photos I have ever seen in one place! I am sharing this one, again, what a great article and it seems to be very effective! Great job and thank you!
wetnosedogs from Alabama on October 20, 2012:
Great article for the kids. I think some adults should read this as if they are the kid. Some people around my neck of the woods are so ----(pick a word), they really shouldn't be allowed to have pets.