A few weeks ago, Tiger came to visit for one day (or as McCartney would say, “23 hours.”) We had a few adventures and learned many lessons.
Lesson #1 Tiger is small enough to fit through the slats on our fence, so we if take him outside without a leash, wear sneakers.
Lesson #2 Tiger chases rabbits.
Lesson #3 He can run REALLY fast.
Lesson #4 Most of our neighbors do not have fenced in yards, or places to block in a small dog who loves to chase rabbits.
Lesson #5 The kids cannot run fast enough to catch a dog, but Mommy can, even in her worst sandals [Thank you 5ks!]
Lesson #6 Once everyone is back home, only the dog and Mom want to take a nap.
Lesson #7 Dogs have to go potty even when it is 98 degrees outside, but only Mommy is willing to go for a walk.
Lesson #8 Put your things away ALWAYS – Tiger likes to chew on things. [The house stayed clean! I LOVED it!!! Scott learned this lesson the HARD way….]
Lesson #9 Dogs poop and it must be cleaned up. If you are not ready to put a baggie over hand and pick up poop, you are not ready for a dog, no matter how much you love them.
Lesson #10 Dogs love the person who takes care of them.
In the end, the kids decided that they would LOVE to have a dog, but they are NOT ready for one. Ana said it best, “Dogs sure are a lot of work!” I decided that while the kids are not ready, and I know they are a LOT of work, I would LOVE to have one sooner than later. It was a fun 23 hours and Tiger is a sweet dog! We hope to baby-sit him again!
I love to hear from you! What age can kids actually help A LOT with a dog?