A dog is a man’s best friend – under 13 conditions.
Owning a pet requires a lot of responsibility, which is why most parents are reluctant to let their children have one. When they do allow it, though, they apparently draw a brilliant and hilarious “Family Dog Contract” for kids to sign before they get a furry companion.
“We can get a dog if everyone agrees to all of the following terms,” states the document written up by a dad-of-four and Redditor rjohnstone13. In it, he outlines 13 things his kids – Amy, Jessica, Casey, and Samantha – have to adhere to before they bring home a new family member.
The first – and obviously most important – term reads: “Dad never has to pick up dog poop. Ever. The dog’s poop is picked up at least 3x per week by children to Dad’s satisfaction.” The contract also states that the dog “does not slobber or have a runny nose”, “does not shed”, and “does not receive organic, gourmet or special diet dog food.”
And on top of that, the dad gives himself full authority over naming the family’s pup: “Dad has unrestricted veto power over the dog’s name.” In a follow-up post, the funny Redditor explained that they got a dog two weeks after the kids signed the contract.
He wrote: “We got a ~three year old white fluffy mutt from a shelter that weighs 15 lbs., was already housetrained and doesn’t shed or drool. We named him Kershaw (veto power not exercised). It’s been two years, and the kids (now ages 12, 13 and 15) have been pretty good about doing everything. Everyone (including Dad) adores the dog, which has been a fantastic addition to (though not member of) our family.”