How our family life went to the dog(s), part one

How our family life went to the dog(s), part one

With five children in three schools, plus activities, appointments, and work, my husband and I didn’t think our lives were crazy enough. So, we bought a dog.

Meet Lola Rose Renshaw! The cutest, fluffiest, sassiest puppy in all of the motherhood. Good thing she’s cute.

Not just any dog, mind you. I may be biased, but I think our Lola Rose is the cutest little puppy ever. And it’s a good thing, too. Because I know for a fact that she’s been (more or less) absolved of a myriad puppy sins based on sheer cuteness alone.

While I don’t subscribe to the “fur baby/fur Mommy” culture that’s exploded in recent years, I understand how and why hyper-attachment to furry companions is a real temptation.

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Go Fish!

Go Fish!

Well, she did it – our 8-year-old wrote a fantastic report about why she should be allowed to buy a pet fish. We had to hold up our end of the deal, of course, so we are therefore (ahem) happy to introduce you to “Skylight,” the newest member of our family.
 
Oh, and check out the photo of the happiest girl in the world, below (right):
Meet "Skylight," the newest member of the family.
Persistence pays off - our 8-year-old and "Skylight."
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Give a kid a pet fish – YOU get a fish. Get a kid to write a report about wanting a fish – well, we’ll see …

Give a kid a pet fish – YOU get a fish. Get a kid to write a report about wanting a fish – well, we’ll see …

Our 8-year-old REALLY wants a pet. Specifically, a pet fish. Sure – it’s not a dog, or a cat, or even a hamster. It’s just a fish. I decided, however, to see how much she really wants this fish and asked her to write a report for me – her first. In her report, she was instructed to answer 7 questions:

  1. What do you want to do?
  2. Why do you want to do  it?
  3. Is there a cost involved? If so, how will you pay for it?
  4. How will you take care of it?
  5. Where will it go?
  6. What help will you need to accomplish your goal?
  7. How will your life be changed if you are able to do this?

Here’s what she submitted to me – misspellings and all. Not bad!

MY REPORT

I want to get my oun fish, because I want somthing to take care off. I will buy it with my own money. I will change it’s water & I will feed it. I will put it on the rack thing above my dresser. All I need you to do is drive me there. It will help me to care about other things.

I don’t have any earthly idea how I can refuse such logic … and cuteness. Let’s see what her Dad has to say.

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