For a couple of years Jalen has been asking for a pet. First of all he was wanting a guinea pig and then he was happy with some fish....for a little while. For the last six months or so Jay has been asking if we can get a dog. I grew up with dogs but am not an animal person at all, so I have been trying to put the boys off as long as I can, telling them how much work a dog will be and how hard it will be to just go away whenever we wanted. I just don't enjoy animals and my Mum thinks it's terrible since I grew up on a farm, and we had animals around all the time.
Jay thinks he is hilarious and often sends me text messages (even when he's sitting across the other side of the room) complete with pictures of cute little puppies.
Jay however isn't keen on giving up his dream of a dog, and keeps asking me when we can get one. Whenever he sees a dog he is all over it and gives me the puppy dog eyes as he says 'don't you want one Mum!?'.
It doesn't help that my brother Christian just got a black Labrador puppy and the boys keep seeing photos of her and keep saying that they want her. Chrish loves teasing the with photos of her, so I'm hoping when we go and visit him soon that they will be happy with just spending some time with her. I'm doubting it though!
When I talk to him seriously about how much work a dog would be, and how he wouldn't be able to spend as much time on the computer, he then says that maybe he's not really ready for a dog and starts to change his mind, but then a week later he is begging me for a dog again.
One day he hijacked my phone and sent himself a text message, pretending it was from me. I didn't find it till about half an hour later when he sent me a text from his own phone. He definitely has his Dad's sense of humour.
Agfest this year there was a gorgeous dog that Jay fell in love with. It was a spoodle and ever since then he keeps telling everyone that he wants a spoodle. I have been slowly coming around to the idea that maybe a dog would be good for the boys, but when I saw the price of a spoodle, I told Jay that was definitely out of the question. It was pretty cute though.
I also have lots of concerns about getting a dog including whether we could afford the cost of a dog, and what kind of dog would be best, what sex is best and even where to get one from. We love the look of cavoodles, labradoodles and cockapoos but really have no idea about breeds and what would be best for a family who has no clue what they're doing.
I know that if we did get one then I would want one that is small or medium sized, that doesn't shed or bark very much and could be inside. Maybe I should just buy Jalen a soft toy dog, but somehow I don't think he'll settle for that.