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Dads are such super-softies. They act like pets are a nuisance who’d only bother them with noise and poop, yet when one finds its way into the home, dads are usually the first to be smitten.

I remember asking for a dog for my 11th birthday. My father had been strongly against it and said he’d buy me a bike instead. He said he didn’t want “flea-stricken furry things” pooping all over the couch. I wasn’t going down easily. I recall sneaking up to my sister’s room and using her phone to call my grandmother. I told her that my dad had finally accepted that I could have a dog, and I wanted her to get me one. Any breed at all. I wasn’t scared of the massive amount of trouble I was going to get into. All I knew was that I’d get what I wanted, and by all means, I did.

Grandma came over on my birthday with the sweetest little Golden Retriever. Dad did a double-take on the sight of the brown pucker. He was so furious I could literally see the steam forming a cloud above his head. Long story cut short, my grandmother was disappointed in me for lying (but secretly proud of my never-give-up attitude), dad went into a shouting fit, but I was allowed to keep Raider, as I named her, because it was my birthday. I got the dog and the bike. 

Two weeks later, Raider became more of dad’s pet than mine. She’d follow him everywhere, nap with him and even watch him while he worked. She loved me too, and I didn’t mind the bond they shared. It was hilarious because he’d been all fire and brimstone when she came to stay. All that griping was for nothing then.

Raider died five years later in an accident. Dad and I were deeply heartbroken, but we healed with time.

These dads said they didn’t want a dog. Here’s how that worked out for them:

Dads, stop acting up and let that dog in

A video uploaded by Daily News on YouTube showed how dads who initially didn’t want dogs later came to love them [1]. It contains 19 pictures of dads and their dogs napping together, playing on the floor, and watching T.V. One dad was cuddling a tiny pup in a pink towel while another was sleeping with his dog’s butt on his face. Some of the pictures were actually selfies taken by the dads themselves. 

The bottom line is, some dads would act all tough and unwelcoming to dogs, but when these animals come in, they end up feeling friendship, loyalty, and love for their new canines. 

Impact of pets on families

Dogs easily become family, more than any other domestic animals. They are loyal, friendly, kind, and protective. Having a pet – especially a dog – is of many benefits to the family [2]. Pets teach your kids responsibility, compassion, trust, and patience. 

Some parents may be reluctant to bring pets into their homes because they are worried the kids may get bored of them after a while. Parents should always remember that pets aren’t toys or video games. They are wonderful creatures that can bond powerfully with human beings, and they make great friends and companions for our kids. Your kids learn responsibility early enough because owning a pet is no easy job. They learn how to put the needs of those entrusted to them before theirs. They also get to know what it feels to have someone dependent on them.

Having a pet helps to teach kids about boundaries and respecting limits. They learn to be gentle with the pet and how to give it some space during meal and sleep times. They learn not to yell at the animal because they wouldn’t want to see its sad face. Pets help in grooming kids to have respectful manners in dealing with others.

Pets also boost everyone’s physical activity. Walking your dog or bringing him along on morning runs is a great way to foster companionship and improve body fitness. Dogs are energetic and love to play a lot. A lot of parents find it easier to run or work out when their dogs come along.

Parents may find it unnecessary to bring in dogs because they are afraid that if the pet happens to pass away, their child would be heartbroken. However, death is inevitable, and it’s okay for a child to understand the grieving process. Also, the pet should be replaced soon afterward or an engaging activity can be found for the child to do, such as football or dancing.

Pets bring a family together in a deeply binding way. Watch the video of these love-stricken dads chilling out with the pets they didn’t want. 

  1. Jen Savedge. These dads said they didn’t want a dog. MNN. https://www.mnn.com/family/pets/blogs/pics-dads-who-didnt-want-dog. Retrieved 11-09-19
  2. Christa Connell. 5 BENEFITS OF HAVING A FAMILY PET. Canadian Living. https://www.canadianliving.com/life-and-relationships/pets/article/5-benefits-of-having-a-family-pet. Retrieved 11-09-19
  3. Daily News. Dads Who Didn’t Want The Damn Dogs In Their Lives. Daily News. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn1mcr7Nbq0. Retrieved 11-09-19

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