|08-21-2013 01:58 PM|
Good Luck, Noah, remember: a Dog is a lifetime commitment!!!
|08-21-2013 01:56 PM|
I feel your pain. I was a child who never was allowed to have a dog. I was a good child, strait A's and on good behavior. My father would never keep his promise: "if you have good grades, I'll get you a dog".
Finally, when I was in High School, I've seen those German Shepherd Puppies!! Their mom was attached to the dog house and the puppies (Oh, how cute they were) were all around her! I came home and asked my father for one of them. No, you can't have one, he answered. This time I've had enough; I've cried for three days until he gave me the money to buy one (I was seventeen then). I brought home a tiny puppy (maybe three-four weeks old and very malnourished). I took care of her to the best of my knowledge, but nobody helped me to raise her. I didn't know what to feed her and she didn't have proper veterinary care. Remember, we are talking about year 1969 in Poland. I trained her to perfection and loved her dearly, but at the age of seven months, she died after contracting Parvo. I was devastated! Even now, I'm crying every time I think of her.
Now, living in America, being fully grown, I have three rescued dogs, and I'm as happy as can be!!! I will always have dogs, they are my biggest love and joy!!!
Please, Noah, wait until you are fully grown and independent, and meanwhile take care of your family dogs to learn as much as possible about those wonderful creatures. And if you want to help "your" Aussie to find a new home, post on Facebook, Twitter and around your neighborhood that such a nice dog in a local shelter needs a good, permanent home. This way you can prove that you really LOVE her.
|08-21-2013 01:26 PM|
In my experience nagging has never gotten good results.
Well, except when nagging the husband to take out the garbage. It gets done but we're both annoyed at each other so not sure if its a total win or not.
As a parent nagging makes me say "no" 10x faster, and stick with the no, even if I am on the fence. It sounds like your folks are working full-time, plus home stuff, so they have a lot on their mind anyway-making it much easier to say "no" to another possible chore/responsibility. Give it a break, don't say anything about dogs for at least a week, and let the idea fester in their brains for a bit.
Doesn't school start soon?
|08-21-2013 12:49 PM|
|Liesje||I would wait, instead of thinking about how sucky it is that you can't get a dog now, use the time to research breeds and training. I have loved dogs my entire life but I got my first dog when I was 23 years old. We could not afford to have a dog when I was a kid, and our neighborhood was so bad the dog would have been picked on or even stolen. I waited until I was done with school and had a house before getting my first dog.|
|08-21-2013 12:16 PM|
I think you should stop asking to go to shelters, rescues, ect. And drop the idea of a dog for a little bit. Maybe it will give you AND your parents sometime to think about it. Then, IF your parents say yes, you go to the shelter with all of them and look at some dogs. Maybe your mom will find one she really likes and will let you adopt it. Maybe not.
I think if you wait a little longer you will have higher chances of getting your dog. If you think about it...
Will the dog stay with my family FOR SURE? *or will you go back and worth with your parents about it?*
Are both of my parents on board with it? *or will we get into fights about it everyday?*
Is this dog going to get the care it needs? *brushing, baths, love, vet and vet bills, food and water, ect.*
Are you willing to exercise this dog everyday? *at least two hours of exercise and one or two walks every day*
I think you should wait, not mention ANYTHING about a dog for awhile and then see if you can all go to the shelter.
Nobody here is stoping you, nobody here CAN stop you, but we can tell you what will work.
Maybe it would even be better to wait until you move out. I know it's hard to wait and so does almost every one else but I think at this point, if your going to get a dog you need to wait for a little.
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|08-21-2013 11:52 AM|
Sorry but suddenly going to a shelter to get a "nice dog" seems like an impulse agreement with a low chance of success in the end.
As a young kid I begged for a GSD and always got a "NO!". If they had given me one it would have been a disaster as none of us knew what it meant to have a powerful breed like that and Aussies or many other "nice dogs" are no different.
Instead I promised my self a dog as soon as I was on my own after college and earning a salary. That happened and I have had multiple dogs ever since. I promise you, you won't die if you can't have one now. Go do some sports to use up your energy and respect your parents, no matter how screwed up they are according to you. As far as I know at that age, no kid has normal parents. Mine didn't want to be seen with me at that age. Now they admit to have had a good childhood and we laugh about it. They never asked for a dog because we always had dogs. They asked for other stuff that "everybody else had but them". And our answer was "NO!".
If, one day, you are a parent you will be thinking back on this thread..... Patience Noah, will do the trick. You have a life time of dogs ahead of you.
|08-21-2013 11:30 AM|
I am beginning to question everything on this thread.
|08-21-2013 08:29 AM|
the going back and forth with your parents bothers me, hope they don't get one and then decide nope, this isn't for us and return him.
If you DO go to a shelter/whatever, both of your parents should be there, not just one, BOTH..they BOTH need to be on board, and I'm sorry to say, it doesn't sound like they are really 'that' committed to it.
|08-21-2013 02:55 AM|
Honestly, I feel like at this point you should know that this is not a good idea. Judging by the way you have said your parents have gone back and fourth on the subject so much in such a short amount of time, that won't stop, and the dog will suffer because of it.
You are rushing into a poor situation at this point.
|08-21-2013 01:57 AM|
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