I was only fourteen years old when I was given my first puppy. It was just like the movies: I opened a box with a big red bow underneath the Christmas tree. Inside looking up at me was a tiny, adorable chocolate lab puppy. You’re probably thinking that this is a sweet, sweet little story, but you are oh so wrong.
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You see, having a puppy snapped me right out of my childhood innocence and into adulthood. You could find me standing in the backyard at 5am every morning, waiting for that stinker to pee. Immediately after school each day, I ran home to take my new baby on a walk and give her all the love she needed. On the weekends, I spent several hours at PetCo in puppy training class. Not to mention, much of my time was spent cleaning pee and poop off the floor or collecting tiny pieces of wood after she destroyed a dining room chair.
I had begged and begged my mom for a puppy my entire life. When I finally got one, I realized how much of a responsibility it truly was. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t change a single thing because that little terror eventually turned into the sweetest, most loving best friend I could ask for. And I became a responsible, caring adult.
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So parents: if your child needs a lesson in responsibility and needs to grow up a little, getting a puppy might just be the best thing you could do!