I am thirteen years old and I have two dogs and two cats. As much as I love my dogs right now, they are very old and they cant run or play or anything. Ive always wanted a small dog of my own but my parents say I cant have one. Should I keep on trying to get them to let me have a dog or should I lay off?
erythisis answered Thursday March 23 2006, 3:07 pm: There's two good ways to go about this.
One, as a few others have said, appreciate the older animals. Some actually are great with puppies, but eventually older dogs and cats require as much responsibility as the puppies (due to medical and/or behavioral issues) and that's a lot of stress to deal with.
Or two, see about volunteering at a nearby pet rescue (such as Animal Aid). You get to help a variety of pets that'd appreciate your energy. You'll probably need your parents to okay it, but while you're talking to them about it, maybe they'd allow you to foster some of the needy animals.
It may be really difficult to back down when you're set on having your OWN pet. However, even low-maintenance pets require a lot of love and attention, something that may be difficult for you to provide if you decide to get active with school or friends (be honest with yourself about other commitments). A good pet owner must keep in mind the needs of the pet throughout it's life, not just when they're healthy, cute, and energetic. [ erythisis's advice column | Ask erythisis A Question ]
x0oOHUGSNKiSSES answered Tuesday March 14 2006, 2:04 am: ok. i had the same problem. i had to wait it out awhile before i eventually got one but here's somethings that helped. you need to tell your mom you will be responsible with the new puppy just like you were with your older ones. but, i would lay off for a month or so.. maybe ask sometime around your birthday :)
Vikki27 answered Saturday March 11 2006, 7:00 pm: Being absoloutely honest, I think you will have to let it go for now.I understand that it's difficult to 'do much' with dogs who are old but you have to think about the effect it might have on them if you were to introduce a young pup to the family. For starters, they would recognise that you were devoting your time to the younger dog and they would feel neglected.
This is just my personal opinion on the matter and you may diagree completely but I tend to think of animals in the same sense as humans. They have the same emotions and develop similar emotional attachments and I guess the question I would ask myself is whether I would trade off my Grandparents for a younger model because they got too old to do anything. Obviously, nobody would and I'm not suggesting that you would do this either. But in my opinion, the dogs that you have already would be very hurt if you were to introduce a new pet.
Unfortunately, good things come to those who wait. Pay more attention and spend more time with the pets you already have. They're old and won't live forever and you'll probably be very upset when they're gone. [ Vikki27's advice column | Ask Vikki27 A Question ]
Thief answered Saturday March 11 2006, 6:18 am: i have two dogs and three cats,( which are pretty old) i had my dogs for a while and i too want a lil doggy dog ^^ But as much as i would love one i have these to take care of. It's best to accept what you have and appriceate it. even though mines senile, fat, and just plain lazy at least i know that they'll be with me as mans best friend. For now i guess just stay with what you got. even though everything doesn't last forever, the present is what is worth more. Spend time with the old doggies, make em feel loved. Well hope this helps [ Thief's advice column | Ask Thief A Question ]
ShYbl0nD3 answered Saturday March 11 2006, 3:48 am: well you could do either or. if you really want the dog you can somehow perswaid them to get you one or just wait until your older and on your own to get one.
on the other hand you could lay off and just enjoy your dogs company. which would be best. [ ShYbl0nD3's advice column | Ask ShYbl0nD3 A Question ]
4everMyself2 answered Saturday March 11 2006, 3:42 am: Stop whining. You already have four pets.
Nallie answered Friday March 10 2006, 4:21 am: A responsible pet owner should make a commitment to love and care for their pet for it's entire lifetime. Dogs like people--grow up and cannot do all the things they did when they were young, but we don't replace them. Imagine getting a new young grandma so she can play basketball in your driveway with you, while the old grandma sits in her rocker looking out the window. Sounds silly doesn't it? But really it's kind of sad.
Avari answered Friday March 10 2006, 2:33 am: I think it would be best it you didn't bring it up until a later time. From experience as an owner of two dogs, older dogs don't adapt to another (especially younger) dog as well. The younger dog will get the bulk of the attention- you will want to play with, cuddle, and spend a lot more time with the active, younger dog than the older ones. Your best bet is to just love the dogs you have now (you can help get them more active by taking them on walks to help rebuild the stamina and speed they had in their youth- it won't be the same, but it's better than nothing), and after they die, give yourself a time for mourning before you think about another pet. Any major decesions you make in the family WILL effect your pets, because your pets ARE family. You have to make sure that what you and your parents choose could have very real effects on all your pets, too.
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