But You Have To Take Care of It

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Ever since we bought our own house, the kids have been lobbying for us to get them a pet.  Katie wants a talking bird.  Caleb wants a dog.  They’ve both used every tool in their arsenal of emotional blackmail to try to bend us to their will.  I’m not against pets, by any means, but I know what a big commitment it is to add a small and furry–or feathery–new member to your household, and I’m not sure the kids are taking the whole thing seriously.

Sure, they swear up and down now that, whatever wee beastie we bestow on them, they’ll bathe it and feed it and walk it and love it (and call it George), but I have to tell you that their fledgling attempts at personal responsibility have been rather hit or miss so far.  What if the poor thing starves to death?

That’s why, when we finally do get a pet, I want it to be able to fend for itself, if need be.

And I think I’ve found just the creature.

Say hello to Mr. Fluffernutter:

Just to be on the safe side, I think we might skip over the “Fetch” part of the obedience training.

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5 responses »

  1. That’s awful. Anything with black eyes is evil. But I am sure that if you provide it a comfortable place to sleep…er swim…it will be happy as a clam.

  2. Awwww I want one! He’s just a cutesy wootsy pie!

    If your kids ever want to test-drive pets (and potentially scare them off of that desire forever) you’re welcome to keep the Nuts. Once their faces get licked off a few times, and they have to take them outside to pee, or empty the litter box every day… they’ll see the light! 🙂

  3. that’s what webkinz are for. you can bathe, feed & walk them. sometimes they have to go to the vet and he charges you for the visit and medicine. they are cute to cuddle with. you have to purchase food for them. and, even better, not once has one of them thrown up on the carpet.

  4. This may not be an option for you, living in a neighborhood (although we live in one whose covenants expressly prohibit livestock, and well….) but we have 2 chickens and a rooster and they are wonderful pets! The kids LOVE them! They are funny, quite personable, they live outside, they are cheap to feed and care for, they don’t have to be attended to everyday – only once a week or so – and they are productive. Ours are about 7 months old and they lay the daintiest little eggs. One suggestion is to try NOT to get a rooster (that makes every egg-cracking a possible traumatic experience although we haven’t had one yet), but as tiny, fluffy little chicks, I’m not sure one can really tell!

    By the way, this didn’t start as an actual plan for pet chickens. It all began one fine spring day when Rick visited the hardware store and was captivated by the wee chicks. But it’s been fun.

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