Why should I get my daughter a dog?
This has been the one million dollar question that I've been asking myself since I got back to Cambodia after my month long vacation in the Philippines last December of 2011. I had a post before here in this blog, entitled "My Daughter's Wish". Little that I know that since I made that post, my daughter has really been expecting too much to get her shitzu pup. Before Christmas, she was expecting that she would get it as her Christmas gift but it didn't turned out that way. Then the following month was her birthday, January 04, but then again, no shitzu pup arrived in the house.
I didn't really pushed myself too much to get one for her coz of so many projects that were long overdue and I just wanted to set my priorities. After all, a shitzu pup is not that cheap, huh?
One day, when me and my son had the appointment with the Doctor for our check up, my son purposely asked me to just walk instead of taking a ride going to my daughter's school. Later only that I realized, that his purpose for doing so was to divert my attention as we will be passing by one pet shop on our way to the school. When he pointed the pet shop to me and asked me to check inside, then I realized that he intentionally planned for it. Perhaps, in collaboration with his little sister, of course. We checked on the pets inside the shop and I almost was tempted to buy. I checked the price, it's a whopping Php8,000 and the shop keeper said the last price would be Php7,000. Still having a strong self control, I didn't buy one that time. I don't want to mess up with my budget.
Now that I'm back to my work, sometimes I would see some cute pictures of shitzu on magazines and online. Now, I have this one million dollar question, "should I get one for her?"
Come to think of it, there should also be quite a number of advantages as to why we should get our kid a pet. The following might be some of the obvious reasons:
1.) Dogs are man's best friend. If your kid has her own pet, she would have a steady companion. The thought of having a cute little bunch of joy who would welcome your kid after coming from school is already a plus factor. Kids might be rushing to go back home instead of roaming around coz they will be looking forward to see their pet at home waiting at the door.
2.) Pets are good stress relievers. When they feel sad or stressful after along day in school, someone is there to comfort them and play with them.
3.) Pets are good for mental health. They said, shitzu are easy to train. They can communicate effectively with their master. Your kids will find ways to interact with them by teaching them some tricks and this will be a good mental exercise.
4.) Kids will learn about unconditional love. Unlike humans, dogs will always be there to love your kids unconditionally with all his/her imperfections. They won't bully or criticize your kids and love them for who they are. They will love your kids without expecting anything in return.
5.) Everybody in the house will enjoy the pet, young and old. It seems that there is an additional member in the family. The dog can entertain everyone in the house and bring such a great joy.
6.) Your kids will be trained to be responsible as they would not only need to take care of themselves now but another valuable member of the family, as well.
Now, I have this idea in mind, I would like to ask my readers and friends.
Would I get one for my daughter?
I will make a promise to myself. If I get at least 15 positive comments saying YES within a week time, I will really buy one without hesitation.(lol)But, if it doesn't reach my quota, then I should totally drop that idea.
Okay, timer starts NOW!!