“My little dog — a heartbeat at my feet.” ~ Edith Wharton
Be Honest with yourself.
Do you know what it takes to own a pet? Are you prepared to clean, bathe, feed and play with your pet on a regular basis?
Do you have any other commitments that might prevent you from looking after it properly? Think homework, sports, babysitting and other after-school activities.
Research the Animal you want to get
Taking care of a gold fish is completely different than taking care of a German shepherd. So do some research to prepare yourself and demonstrate to your parents by letting them know what’s involved.
Make a List
Write down everything you will do in order to take care of your new furry friend. Create a schedule of when you will feed, clean and walk it.
Earn some experience
May be your best friend is going away and someone needs to take care of her cat. Or your neighbor is on vacation and they need someone to walk their dog. If you don’t know anyone with a pet you can try animal shelters, vets or pet stores.
Offer to help out financially
If you want a fish or hamster this is pretty easy, because they aren’t very expensive. However the cost of a cat or dog can be a lot higher. So offer to help pay. Earning money through babysitting, or house work will help to show your parents you are responsible enough to have a pet.
Accept the Situation
Sometimes your answers can’t be persuaded so respect their decision if they say no. Sometimes it might take a little more time, and if they still say no don’t give up until you get to experience the unconditional love of a pet.
Do you have a pet? How did you convince your parents that your were responsible? Let us know in the comments below.