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No Thanks, I Don't Do Dog Poop

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Who in their right mind thinks that 3 kids under the age of 5 will actually take care of a puppy?

Mary Poppins: So you caved: you got your kids the dog they have been begging for all year. The one that they said they would clean up after, feed, walk, and spend every waking moment with. You rationalized that it was summer and they would all be around to give this puppy tons of love and attention. You also explained to me that it was the kids' responsibility to care for Clifford, and that I needed to make sure they did all of their duties pertaining to this animal.

Puppy chewing slipper

Now don't get me wrong, your puppy is cute. Its floppy ears and excited energy are easy to get carried away with, but I DON'T DO PETS! They are messy, they smell, and this one is not trained.

It's not that I am trying to deny your kids this special bond with an animal that will last a lifetime. I know the whole spiel about a dog being a friend for life, and who doesn't love to sit down and watch "101 Dalmatians" and "Air Bud," but I'm too busy. We are now into toilet training and getting your oldest ready for kindergarten. I can't pick up dog crap all around your house. This is like a fourth child, and I'm just not equipped to handle it.

And just for the record, who in their right mind thinks that 3 kids under the age of 5 will be watching this dog? I mean, do you really want me to be standing over them, making them wipe up dog poop and pee and reminding them 10 million times about feeding and walking the dog? Do you want them to develop antagonistic feelings towards this pup? I'm giving this two weeks to run its course and then we are going to have to reassess the puppy situation, especially since it is currently chewing on my favorite sandal.


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TMC July 19, 2009, 6:54 PM

Wow. I can understand that it makes more work for you but I think you are being a little too hard on this family and the puppy. Maybe instead of discussing the puppy being a fourth child, why don’t you suggest puppy classes and crate training as a potty training method. That way you wouldn’t have to clean up so many messes around the house. The children could then be reminded ever couple of hours to take the puppy to the appropriate area to relieve itself. Puppies are like children- but they grow up twice as quickly.

lasus July 20, 2009, 1:53 AM

I agree the dog shouldnt be dumped but its also not so easy as to take the dog to classes,the carers of the dog have to be responsible to follow through with obedience and so on…

Sam December 11, 2009, 1:59 PM

I love dogs, but I would be annoyed if I were all of a sudden given the extra work of training/caring for someone elses puppy when I’m being paid to care for their children. The parents in this situation are trying to take advantage of the babysitter, sure the kids are going to do it… NOT. Children under the age of five are not mature enough to be given the task of training for and caring for a pup. And if the parents want them to take care of the puppy that is their issue. They need to teach their kids how to do it. Not the babysitter. The reality is that the babysitter will have to do it along with taking care of the kids that she was hired to take care of.

Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 12:19 PM

Great information. Good reading. I have got a small opinion to make about shirts.

puppy biting older dog February 7, 2011, 7:12 AM

I have found that puppies provide far more pleasure directly into our lifestyles than how our lifestyles would be without them. Puppies are a true blessing to people.


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