Originally Posted by DaniFani
How is your situation so much different than OP's? He wants to get the dog now so he can train it before he moves out, has thought about a lot of "what ifs" and seems responsible. Why assume he can't afford it, he is living at home for the first years. He could be saving or have saved up money and it sounds like the mom is completely on board.
He wants to go to a university. I had/still have no plans to go away to school, as I commute. That is the difference I was referring to. I know the mom is on board, so was mine, but honestly, there is NO way I could part with my dog now if I decided to go away. So while yes, it sounds like a good idea now, why get a dog if you know you may have to leave it behind in two years? Also, the transition from HS to college as far as school work goes, can be hard and i am just advising he wait until he sees what college entails. All I was saying is while it may seem like a great idea, it is ALOT more work than one may think, especially at that time in a persons life, where so many changes are occurring so just give it a bit of time to think it out. Many things could happen, unexpectedly, and you have to be prepared. I know my life has changed course many times since I graduated HS. Just offering my advice based on my experience. I work a 9 hour day, come home and exercise my dog, feed him, train him, then I do my homework. Sometimes, that is at 11 pm at night. When I have to be up at 5 am the next morning. Just be sure you REALLY are prepared for that if need be. If you are, more power to you, as it CAN be done. Its just not easy.