Alex, Avery and I with IGGY THE DOG!

My children loooooooove animals. Adore them. We take trips to the zoo and the raptor center and orchards and farms whenever we can because these children looooove animals. When we go to the park, we make friends with people who have dogs so my children can pet them.

They’ve been asking for a dog for a long time and the answer is no. I bought them those fake dogs that wag their tails and bark… and that kept them occupied for about, eh, a week or two. Daycare has a dog… my friend Beth has a dog they visit, in fact last week we went to the dog park with Pacer and the kids cried the whole way home they were so sad to leave.

I’m sure we would love a dog. I’m starting to … slowly… warm up to the idea. There are a million reasons to get a dog and a million reasons not to… just like starting a family. Expensive, time consuming, frustrating at times… and yet it’s all worth it because of how amazing they are…

Tonight I arranged a special surprise for the kids (through twitter, the best way to make plans!), we were going to take a dog for a walk! Just us, not the owner! Iggy, pup of my friend Jen the Prior Fat Girl. We live pretty close to each other and she has always been the first to raise her hand to volunteer to let Iggy play with the kids, or let us take a test run with him. So off we went to Minneapolis to see Iggy.

We only spent about 10-15 minutes walking Iggy. It wasn’t quite the same as taking a walk without a dog, as Iggy liked to stop, oh, every 5 seconds, to sniff or pee or some other distraction. Alex got a little bored with the whole thing and asked to turn around pretty quickly.  But when we got back to Jen’s house, they were still super happy to play with Iggy… you can see how much they adore him in the picture above – they were just so happy.

I had told them before we got there that I was doing this for them because I know they love dogs, but we will need to say goodbye and they need to be strong and not cry about it. Otherwise, we may not be able to keep visiting and playing with dogs if it’s too hard on them… and you know what?

They didn’t carry on… although Alex told me he felt a little tear coming because he was so happy of playing with Iggy, not sad. 🙂

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10 Responses to “mychildrenwantadog”

  1. seriously… I just want to squish your kids to pieces, they are adorable!

  2. Ruby Leigh says:

    It’s very sweet of you to make plans for your kids to have dog time! Awesome.

    It’s also very wise of you to consider the pet decision carefully. Not only will your life change dramatically, but the dog’s life will be in your hands.

  3. Kathy says:

    I wanted a dog growing up too I had all kinds of names picked out for the various breeds (really wanted a St. Bernard named Earl or Old English Sheep dog named Winston) but my mom always said “not until you’re responsible”. When I was about 13 or 14 a family friend went out of town and we dog sat for a weekend. Unknown to me this was my mom testing me to see how responsible I was going to be with a dog. Well I got bored real fast and ran off to go hang out with friends most of the weekend while my younger sister (always the responsible one) took care of the dog. I’m 32 now and to this day I don’t have a dog, my sister has 3.

    • Missy says:

      Kathy, that is a GREAT story!!! Thanks for sharing!!! So funny how that was such a great predictor of future behavior. (I’m taking notes!)

  4. Rob says:

    My sister has 11yo twins, both special needs. She’d like to get pets, but she’s allergic to cats. Cole, like your kids, has been asking for a dog for years, but Sarah is deathly afraid of even the smallest puppy.

    I had cats for bout 16 years, been petless for bout a year now though. Would love to get a dog myself, but with my bizarre schedule, wouldn’t be fair to the pup. One of my goals is to get to the point where I’m working enough on my own, and/or having a job where I can bring a dog with me so I can get one.

    • Missy says:

      Hey Rob – yes, being so busy is a deterrent! Dogs need feeding and attention and I’m not always around to do that! I’m less of a homebody… but, well, you never know… 🙂 thanks for visiting and for the comment! 🙂

  5. Beth says:

    Well… you know how I feel! Having a dog is like having another child. With that said, and what I mean is… they are part of your family. Unconditional love, acceptance and rewarding is how I can best describe it. Yes, it’s responsibility but sooo worth it.

    If you are considering a dog and you know you’re a busy working mom I would recommend adopting a dog that is out of the puppy stage and somewhat trained, good with kids, good with other dogs, medium sized, etc. There are so many dogs that need loving homes!

    Plus… you know I will help and the dog can come play with Pacer anytime! It’s sooo worth it. You would be giving your kids a gift and yourself. BUT… my feeling with pets is that they are like your kids. Part of your family so make the commitment and don’t turn back 🙂 Keeping my fingers crossed :))))



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