Kids are bound to ask for a dog at some point in their lives. This is a conversation that parents need to prepare for. The children will approach them, armed with reasons why they want one. The parents, on the other hand, need to lay down the terms.
A 13-point contract
One dad was ready when his kids asked him to buy them a dog. While these beings are cute and cuddly, taking care of them is a huge responsibility. Before agreeing to anything, he decided to lay down a clear set of rules. This also helps manage expectations, especially for the kids.
John Stone is the father of three adorable girls. He drafted the “Family Dog Contract” to make sure his girls are aware of the responsibilities. The contract had thirteen points in it and the girls had to agree to each item.
Contents of the contract
At the beginning of the contract, Stone states that they can get a dog if the girls agree to each item. Right at the top of the list, Stone specifies that he will never pick up the dog’s poop. Other items on the list show what will and won’t be accepted once their furry friend arrives.
The girls signed the contract in a heartbeat because they really wanted a dog. A couple of weeks later, the family welcomed a fluffy, white, small pooch. The three-year-old dog was already trained for house living. He did not drool nor shed. The girls named him Kershaw and they took turns in looking after Kershaw. They’ve been living happily together ever since.
Stone is mighty proud of his girls. They honored their contract and stuck to their word. He also developed a certain kind of fondness towards Kershaw. Everyone in the family loves him.
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