When a kid begs for a dog, they don’t actually realize how much of a responsibility a pet requires. In many cases, the family gets a puppy or adopts a dog from a shelter…and withing days, the parents are the ones making sure that the pup is taken care of. The kids go back on their word (without much surprise) and the family gets another “kid” to take care of.
This dad was not about to have that happen, and when his children began begging for a dog, he drew up this very extensive contract for his children to sign. After reading through it, a lot of us can relate to his exact sentiments!Samantha was REALLY excited about this whole “getting a dog” thing, and probably would have signed anything that meant she could welcome a cuddly pooch into the family. Just look at those exclamation marks!
So, how did it all end up? 2 years later, dad has this to say:Epilogue: 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.”
But no one believed him when he said that Kershaw wasn’t a “member of the family.”