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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John   Farmington, Connecticut

9/10/2016 7:11:07 PM

Give me a way to make my mom not be scared of dogs. She got a bad bite in her childhood but I really want a puppy. How will she not be scared?

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hi   austin, Texas

2/8/2016 6:41:30 AM

tell all of ur parents that

1. Puppies are good 4 ur
2. Puppies will teach u a sense of
3. Dogs will totally change ur life 4ever, cause they will give u a bff that u will literally be with 4 about 1/2 of ur life, and maybe even more, depending on the dog u get. I think that also doing ur research in advance before u come to ur parents with the idea will help a

Dog suggestions: Chinooks and English cocker spaniels, but if udon't have enough money for a breeder, go to the animal shelter. I have 9 dogs and 6 o them are from an animal shelter, and they have a way better personality, other than my chinook and my english cocker spaniel (who both just died after 20 years) so imdown to 9 dogs instead of 11, but i think that all o u should tell ur parents that ull get it from an animal shelter, so that ur giving a home to an animal that needs it, and that will make getting a dog seem 4 the better rather than the

hope this helped!

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blah   blah, Alaska

7/14/2015 7:09:18 PM


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Lily   Raleigh, North Carolina

4/11/2015 11:08:15 AM

I live in an apartment and I am pretty poor but I know if my mommy said yes we would be so happy! ESP because when I'm in school she can have a pal to be with.......PLZ HELP ME!!????

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