My Kids Want a Dog for Christmas and I Don't

A dog.

My boys want a dog for Christmas.

If it’s true that every boy needs a dog then I probably owe them two dogs by now or something.

I like dogs; I really do.

I just don’t want one of my own.

When I was working full time outside the home I was always like, “Maybe someday kids. It’s unfair to be away 12 hours a day with a lonely dog at home alone.” Now that I’m working from home, I especially don’t want one.

Why? Let me count the reasons:

1. The money. Dogs are expensive to feed and care for. They just are.

2. The destruction. I know, if you train it, blah, blah, blah. But I don’t want to have to train it, blah, blah, blah.

3. The effort. We all know that no matter how much my kids pinky promise to care for this dog, it will inevitably become my responsibility. I kinda feel like, I have kids, I don’t need a dog. Sure, kids and dogs aren’t the same but they both require a fair amount of care (and clean up).

My husband’s on board and I’m the Grinch who doesn’t want to get the kids a dog. Boo to me.

Check out this letter written by one Boy Wonder that I found crumpled up in the trash. Insert knife in heart.

Of all the reasons I don’t want a dog, there is one reason I do: My kids would love a dog, like shout-it-from-the-rooftops love a dog in the most quintessential super-important necessary childhood experience kind of way.

Help! Should I get them a dog I don’t want? Please share your experiences and help me decide!

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