How I Got My Parents to Buy Me a Puppy

Parents must set limits, but amazing things happen when a child wants a puppy.


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Parents love to grant their children's wishes. They also must set limits, which is why kids don't always get what they want. But amazing things happen when a child wants a puppy. Some kids beam with melt-your-heart smiles. Others prove they're responsible by earning straight A's in school or completing chores promptly without complaint. The shrewd ones transform family dinners into bargaining sessions, employing complex negotiation strategies.

Cameron, 6
Dog: Lily, 7-month-old Coton de Tulear

Cameron's mom didn't think her family was ready for another pet. It had been only a few years since their Chinese Shar-Pei died suddenly. But a stray cat and her son Cameron's smile changed her mind. The cat had been living under their house and had kittens. When Cameron named each kitten after a flower, his mom knew the time was right for another pet. "I wanted a dog," Cameron said, unaware his actions with the kittens spoke louder than his words. "Now [Lily] gets up early and follows me around the house. I love Lily."

Spencer, 8
Dog: Scout, 16-month-old Cairn Terrier

"I played a lot with a dog in the neighborhood," Spencer said. "I really liked it and had a lot of fun, and I wanted a dog, too." A year later, Scout and Spencer are inseparable. Selling his parents on the idea of bringing home a dog was a cinch for the boy now known as the Scoutmaster. "After all," Spencer's father Steve said, "Spencer's first word was 'dog' — even before he said 'Mom' or 'Dad' he said 'dog.' How could we say no?"

Jason, Eric and Nicolas, 12, 8 and 6
Dog: Toby, 11-month-old Golden Retriever

The boys became hooked on dogs while playing with a neighbor's. But persuading their parents to add one to their family was not easy. "We said we would take turns taking care of the dog," Jason said, "We would take him out, wash him, brush him and feed him." After a year of negotiation, their cause seemed lost. What was the clincher? Picking up waste, Jason said, chuckling. "When we said we would do that so my parents wouldn't have to, they finally said OK."

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Mads   Lolno, California

12/1/2014 10:05:53 PM

Twelve year old...I wrote an essay. It was 5 pages. Also reminded my parents often by sending them texts and links for my top choices. I wanted a golden retriever and that's what I got. Good luck!

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Nidhi   Mumbai, Indiana

8/11/2014 11:31:06 PM

I want a Dog in my family cause i study whole day for marks . By having a dog i will get outside my books and i will hve a frnd always by my
I study in 9th in school and I bring A grade everytime . :( I help my mom in house chores and I know my responsibilities still my parents say a
They say that they will give me a dog if i score 95% and above in my final exam (which is after 1 months) . they are now putting their demands infront of mine. today is the 2nd day n still they arent convinced :( Any tips?

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HaplessPizza98   Calgary, AB

4/11/2013 6:55:29 PM

My parents still won't say yes! :)

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Faith   Orange Park, FL

3/2/2010 4:29:22 PM

I had a dog named Maddie and she was my best friend in the whole world but, last month she died because of back problems and the vets could not understand how she got them because she was only 4 years old. Anyway, I was so sad when she died. I had always had a whole life! I cried a lot because I just coulden't hold it in and my parents saw how upset I was (my mom was pretty upset too) and decided that we needed another dog after some research and a little shopping we found a website from a breeder and we got our little silky terrier, Josie. I still miss Maddie but I love Josie a lot.

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