Dog to Come

The kids have been asking for a dog for three years. Sweetie (12 y), Honey (11.5 y), Spicy (10 y), and Buddy (9.5 Y) are my adorable, wonderful, perfect grandchildren What should grandma do when her poor little ones come crying to her and begging to ‘have a word with their mean parents”?


The girl who wants to be a vet.

“Every time we ask Mommy and Daddy for a dog, they seem to have a hearing problem.”

“Did you ask nicely?”

“Very, very nicely?”

“Maybe ask a second time.”

“We asked ten times, for birthdays, for Christmas, for Easter, to reward good grades, to celebrate winning athletic competitions.”

“What am I supposed to do?”

“Can you punish them for being mean to us? Or have a word with them? They are your kids. They have to obey you. We want a dog or a cat or a pet.”

My daughter is allergic to animal hair. She bought a couple of fish and a beautiful tank for Sweetie and Spicy. Unfortunately, the fish died after a year and the whining started all over.

My son brought his kids a cat. He said he’s not ready to walk a dog when it’s snowing and freezing, and he’s too tired after work. But the new kitten, Rey, made his household ecstatic. A first visit to the vet revealed that Rey was a he, not a she, and was renamed ElRey.

IMG_0077The news that their cousins have a cat caused a renew of anger and protests from Sweetie and Spicy. “Spicy and Mommy are taking allergy shots regularly, and we are going to get a hypo-allergenic dog.”

Sweetie opened the Internet and showed her sister the type of dogs they could get. Grandma protested she was ready to babysit and drive kids–not pets.

Sweetie had an answer. “Spicy and I will walk the dog. All you have to do is supervise us when we walk him, because we are forbidden to walk alone.”

With their birthdays coming in April and May, the demands for a dog are getting louder. And Mommy and Daddy’s hearing is worsening.

What do you do when your kid wants a pet and you are allergic?

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From NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Mona Risk,










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6 Responses to Dog to Come

  1. Carol says:

    What to do? The kids want a pet…but a parent is allergic. There are hypo-allergenic dogs. Hoping the kids finally get a pet.

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  2. susanrhughes says:

    My kids would like to have a pet. I love cats, but I’m allergic, and they know it’s a lost cause asking me. Besides, vet care is too expensive! My parents have a cat and the kids get to spend lots of time with her.

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    • Mona Risk says:

      Unfortunately for my grandchildren, we live in an apartment building where animals are not allowed, except for service, and my husband insists I don’t need a service dog to help me write romance novels.


  3. E. Ayers says:

    Yes, you need a service dog! A very small service dog. They are called companion dogs. They will often alert a family member before a seizure, etc. Under the new HIPAA laws they cannot ask you why you need a service dog! Teach the dog to go on puddle pads. Put the pads in a low plastic bin. (Otherwise they get their front feet on the pad but not the back feet. LOL ) Buy one of those cute dog purses that holds the dog along with your wallet and carry the dog in the purse. No one will ever know you have a dog.

    Or move! Your grandchildren are too important.


  4. Joan Reeves says:

    There is no cat that is hypoallergenic. However, a poodle’s hair is not like other dog hair. Most people who are allergic to dog hair don’t have a problem with poodle hair.

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  5. ginaarditoauthor says:

    I started my kids with beta fish. They got to pick them, pick their bowls and accessories, name them, and keep them in their rooms. They were responsible for daily feeding and cleaning the water every week. Drawbacks: they don’t live as long as a dog or cat and you can’t pet them. Pluses: they don’t live as long as a dog or cat, but there are no vet bills or hassles about having to walk them in the dead of winter. And honestly, I’ve had some betas that lived a few months, others that lived years. The bonus of any pet is to teach the child responsibility. Fish aren’t cuddly, but they’re a good start.


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