This is hilarious, and hopefully will help teach the responsibility of owning a dog. This dad drafted a contract that he had his kids agree to and sign before they could get a new dog in the house.
On the contract is everything from poop-scooping to the dog’s size, indoor messes, bath time, and name giving, all clearly laid out and assigned responsibility (and denial of responsibility) transparently and descriptively. We’re curious if the dad is some sort of lawyer, or if he just really doesn’t want a dog.
A lot of this covers the good basics. Scooping the poop is a normal task that all of us dog owners have to do, reluctantly or otherwise. The special diet food does get seriously expensive. It’s also very important to understand the whole “falling out of love” with the dog, once the novelty of a dog wears off. That’s probably the most important part of the list, kids sometimes don’t want the thing they wanted so badly once they figure out how much work it can be.
That said, some kids also “just get it,” and will happily do all that extra work to have a furry little buddy with them for many years.
If you’re curious, here’s the dog the family wound up getting, and a little history behind the contract:
“Two weeks after contract was signed, we got a ~three year old white fluffy mutt from a shelter that weighs 15 lbs., was already housetrained and doesn’t shed or drool. We named him Kershaw (veto power not exercised). It’s been two years, and the kids (now ages 12, 13 and 15) have been pretty good about doing everything. Kershaw eats dry dog food from Trader Joe’s, and so far hasn’t created any indoor messes that have required the use of harmful cleaning chemicals. Everyone (including Dad) adores the dog, which has been a fantastic addition to (though not member of) our family.” Pretty cool!