My brother and I grew up with both dogs and cats. We were never without a pet, so we never needed to ask for one. The same cannot be said of one father’s children who really wanted a dog.
After being asked for a dog (probably repeatedly) by his kids, Redditor rjohnstone13 reluctantly agreed to get one, as long as the kids agreed to certain rules and stipulations, of course. In a contract so detailed that we swear he was channeling Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory,” rjohnstone13 lays out the law.
He stipulates that the dog is the children’s responsibility and he “never has to pick up dog poop. Ever.” He goes on about dog poop on point No. 2 as well (see what we did there?). Dad also “never has to give the dog a bath.” However, he gets to say when the dog needs a bath. He also has vetoing power when it comes to the dog’s name.
The dog must be small, and it can’t shed, slobber or have a runny nose. So no getting a cold for this dog.
The Family Dog Contract is made up of 13 terms, the last one being “the kids promise to never fall out of love with the dog or get bored of it.”
Two weeks after signing the contract, the family did, in fact, get a dog.
“We got a 3-year-old, white, fluffy mutt from a shelter that weighs 15 pounds, was already house-trained and doesn’t shed or drool. We named him Kershaw (veto power not exercised),” rjohnstone13, who’s clearly a Dodger’s fan, wrote in the comments. “It’s been two years, and the kids (now ages 12, 13 and 15) have been pretty good about doing everything. Kershaw eats dry dog food from Trader Joe’s, and so far hasn’t created any indoor messes that have required the use of harmful cleaning chemicals. Everyone (including Dad) adores the dog.”