I can not take it any more? I will through this dog out ?

United Arab Emirates
April 19, 2008 9:32am CST
well, I have a dog at home but I cant stand his barking and he needs food plus i am going to have a third baby. money and a a space for him. no, I can't take it any more. well, my sons refuse to get rid of him, they love him. what should I do, how to convince them.
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• United States
19 Apr 08
Kilani, Dogs are like toddlers and have the mentality of a 3 year old child. You should never take in a dog if you cannot handle taking care of them for their entire life. Most do not live more than 12 years or so, so if you cannot do 12 years..you never had the right to take one in. But since you DID, then buckle down and be human. Of course your kids love the dog. Don't get rid of it. Just encourage the kids to care for him for you. Let them walk him , feed and water him, etc...Just get the food, and then tell the kids to get it done. The responsibility will be good for them. If he batks too much, he's probably bored stiff and needs a walk. You are about to have a third child. Set the example for the children and be responsible for what you have taken on. Keep the dog and deal with what's really bothering you. It "ain't" the dog!
• Finland
20 Apr 08
Just want to point out that she never mentioned the age of her children nor the breed of her dog. Young kids (below 12 yrs) should never be allowed to walk a dog alone as most kids simply cannot control a dog that pulls on the leash trying to get to someone or get a dog to return to them if they for some reason let him off-leash and he gets into trouble and misbehave. It's fine that they help out taking care of the dog with the parent(s) and you're right it's good for them to learn about responsibility, but expecting them to do all the work all the time is too much. The parents will still need to supervise what's been done and do what has not been done.
@jenni7202 (1598)
• United States
21 Apr 08
Well, if you can't afford the dog, than you need to make a decision that would be right for you and your family. Dog food is not that expensive, I know these things, because I have 3 dogs in our house, and I buy one 50lb bag of dog food once a month, if that. They all eat once a day, and 2 of them are quite large animals, but still don't eat that much throughout the day. If you do decide to get rid of your dog, which would be a sad thing to do. You should most definitely look for a no-kill shelter in your area that can take the dog and find it a good home. I hate to see animals brought to an animal shelter, and then get put to sleep. This is why I suggest a no-kill shelter. I hope all goes well.
• United States
19 Apr 08
you sound like my husband. Our dogs drive him nuts. Granted the five kids will not even allow talk of not having our dogs, so hubby sucks it up, and the dogs stay. LOL Seriously though, the odds of convincing the kids that getting rid of the dog is a good thing, well, its probably not going to happen. You could go the route of just doing it, but from experience, I will tell you, they will probably resent you for it for a long time. My mom and dad got rid of our dog when I was 7 yrs old. Me and my sisters were heartbroken, and for the next few years, we constantly told people "our parents our mean, they gave away our dog". And we meant it. We were so upset and angry.