DON'T get a dog "for your kids". Too many people get animals for their kids and the animal ends up neglected, unloved and eventually in the pound or just passed from house to house. My parents did this all the time growing up. Someone would beg for an animal and they gave in and got it. Over and over we gave away animals or they ended up dying long before their time.
Kids (even teenagers) are not mature enough to take responsibility for another life. They may be at first, but life changes, kids change. My sister poor beagle is unloved and neglected right now. She BEGGED for a puppy and my parents got her one for her 12th birthday. Things went fine the first couple of years, but she is a teen now. She has friends, a boyfriends, school, and a job. She has no time to walk, play with, or feed that dog. I feel so bad for him everytime I visit.
If YOU want a dog, and if YOU are going to take full responsibility that is great. cont
at 3:09 AM on Nov. 8, 2009