Thursday, September 10, 2009

Where's Dog Food Fit In?


Beth writes...

I see dog raw hides, how does dog food fit in? I never see it in your weekly booty.

And there's a story behind that.

My teenage son wanted a dog but we really didn't think we could afford it right now. So he came up with this great plan, complete with a written contract, budget, and income statement, that showed how he would get a job and earn the money to pay for the dog. He assured us that he would take full responsibility for all food, vet bills, training and poop-scooping (my husbands desire) and all vacuuming of dog hair (mine). He outlined the cost of adoption, vet bills, food and toys and we said to ourselves, "Yeah, well if he can actually come up with that kind of money THEN we'll let him get a dog. " (Insert evil laughter here.) I was sure my carpets would remain dog-hair free.

But that boy of mine went knocking on neighbors doors and racked up two weekly lawn mowing jobs. Then he called grandparents and spread bark dust, mowed, weeded and did all sorts of manual labor. And in a matter of two months the kid raised $500 dollars.

We, uh, adopted a dog at that point.

So....all that to say....we don't buy the dog food. My hard working son paid the adoption fee, paid the vet bills, buys premium dog food (to avoid any vet visits) and yes, even scoops the poop.

My penance is buying treats for the dog to make me feel better for my unbelief.

11 comments:

Krisi and Adam said...

Your son deserves kudos, as do you for sticking to your plan. Good to see kids work for what they want.

Donna said...

I'm proud of that kid, and he isn't even mine. God job, mama!

Sarah said...

That is so awesome that he does that.

Shows awesome responsibilty.

Ann said...

Wow you have yourself a awesome young man there!

Georgi said...

You should be very prooud of your son! He sounds wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Good job raising a boy with a good work ethic!

Jessi said...

Aww, that's so awesome. I'm happy he worked hard to get what he wanted. :D

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's great!

J said...

I am glad your son came thru...glad you kept your word..though I would talk to the vet about rawhides..the last 3 vets( we moved) we had told us that rawhides weren't good for the dogs due to digestion issues and it could pass thru and tear things??? Since our dogs both choked a couple times on rawhide I quit giving it to them and replaced it with homemade biscuits with veggie pulp included..

Never A True Aggie said...

That reminds me when I was a kid. My parents gave us a list of requirements for us to get a dog (free, older, trained, etc.). We looked at the paper for weeks and finally found one. I think my parents didn't believe us. Ha. We loved that Dog and he was perfect.

Emily said...

Your son is an inspiration to all lazy teen boys out there. And Tucker is worth it.