Saturday, February 7, 2009

I have a headache and it has COLE written all over it...

On our way home from Costco, we passed a dog park that we drive by quite often. This is the conversation that took place as we passed the dog park.

Cole: Mommy, can I have a puppy?
Me: Not right now. Maybe when you're older.
Cole: Why can't I have one now?
Me: Because dogs are a lot of work.
Cole: But I don't want a dog...I want a puppy.
Me: Same thing. Puppies are baby dogs.
Cole: Well, how come I can't have one?
Me: I just told you. Dogs are a lot of work. You have to clean up their poop, feed them, groom them, and take them for walks. Do you plan on doing all that stuff? Cole: No, cuz I'm just a kid.
Me: And I already have you all to take care of so I can't do it either. When you're a little older, we'll start you off with a hamster and if you take good care of it, maybe we'll get you a dog.
Cole: A hamster??!! What's a hamster?? Do I like hamsters?
Me: Um...hmmmm....the best way to describe it is that it kinda looks like a mouse but it's bigger and has more fuzzy hair. Don't you remember seeing hamsters at PetSmart last time we were there?
Cole: it's a mouse?
Me: No, a hamster is not a mouse. It just kind of looks like one. They're in the same animal family.
Cole: The same family? What are you talking about? Is a hamster like a dog? Can I have a dog?
Me: Mice and hamsters are very similar. Except hamsters are a lot cuter and people have them as pets. I had 2 hamsters when I was little. And no you cannot have a dog for the same reasons I already told you.
Cole: Mom, I don't want a mouse. What about a dog?
Me: (becoming increasingly frustrated) Cole, I said you can't have a dog right now. They require a lot of attention and we just don't have the time right now to devote to a dog. In a few more years, when you're a little older, we'll get you a hamster. And then if you can take good care of it, then maybe we can get a dog.
Cole: Okay......can I have a dog and then get a hamster?
Me: Are you even listening to me? I've just explained THREE times why we are NOT getting a dog right now.
Cole: Well, what other animal can I have?
Me: Nothing right now!
Cole: Not even a goldfish?
Me: No....nothing....nada....zilch. No goldfishes, no hamsters, no dogs...nothing!
Cole: What else can I have instead of a hamster?
Me: Nothing right now. Maybe when we're ready for another animal, we can get you a guinea pig instead of a hamster if you don't want a hamster.
Cole: Well, I think I like hamsters. What's a guinea pig?
Me: It's kind of like a rabbit.
Cole: But I don't want a rabbit. I guess I'll just have a mouse. Or a hermit crab? What about a hermit crab? I like hermit crabs. Or maybe a guinea pig....but I don't know what a guinea pig looks like. Maybe I'll like one but not as much as a dog. I think we should just get a dog. Okay, Mom? Why did you say we can't have a dog?
Me: (looking at Tim for rescue) Am I drunk? Is this conversation really happening? Do we have any Exedrin at home?


Tami said...

I know the feeling. I had 2 gecko lizards, a very large iguana, (she was a baby when my oldest got her) Shes now 5 in a half feet. A boa snake,(a baby) he traded her back at the pet store, 2 bearded dragons, 2 scorpions, (the black ones)a Ty Pai (I know I didn't spell it right)lizards, they hiss and moan and BITE. An African Grey Parrot, 2 dogs, and fish.Don't forget the craw fish? They look like baby lobsters. And lastlya tropical crab that was eaten by the craw fish...

All these animals needed heat lamps, could never shut those off in fear they get cold. GRRRR.
I was glad when he moved and took all of them with the exception of our dog Bella.

The Iguana is a sweet heart. I can't believe I said that. LOL. she really is. Just a TON of work, and They all ate better then us!
Fruit and salads, an occasion mouse, ..YUCK

Good luck!!!
Aren't boys GRAND?!

Christina said...

Wow...i would of lost it. but it would of also made me laugh. I would get him a goldfish or something.

But a dog (even if its not tell they are older) would be good.

Hopefully by then they can help and it wont be such a head ache for you.

I hope your head feels better soon

Tracy said...


ComfyMom~Stacey said...

We have a similar dog conversation at my house, only I suggest we'll start off with a turtle instead of a hamster.

And I am usually having the conversation with my husband, not the kids

The High Family said...


I feel for three old does the same thing but I can't understand half of his questions so far. I am in for it soon!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, those are the conversations that make your head explode!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

We have a 1 year old black lab that she complains about ALL the time. Now she's decided she wants a baby lab for her BDay (in Aug.)! CRAZY.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Oh yeah, I forgot. Don't get a guinea pig. Major pain.

♥georgie♥ said...

Oh my LOL...I feel your pain!

Retro Heather said...

Hilarious! I love it! My favorite part was, "Do I like hamsters?".

ImakehairROCK4u2 said...

My 6yo was explaining to his 4yo sister why she couldn't have a dog like his 17yo sister. He said, "Ella, we are not old enough to have a dog. We are only old enough to have a fish. And you will probably kill the fish too!"

Anonymous said...

Hahaha! One summer I did nothing else but nag my mom about wanting a cat and she finally got so annoyed and yelled "Okay!!! Fine! You can have a cat just don't ask me again!" Lol!

Veronica Lee said...

We had a menagerie of pets and it always ends up with me taking care of them!

Daily Momma said...

lol! I'll stick with "Because I said so" when I am in this situation! :)

Hajar said...

oh, boy, I just had a premonition. I have two boys who will be 4-year-olds long before I'm ready. I guess I'd better plan to have a lot of fast-acting tylenol around about that time. They will never have anything but a bird or a fish. I am not living with an animal that sheds on my furniture.

Creative Junkie said...

I agree with Daily Momma ... "because I said so" is a perfect solution to a problem like this. Tattoo it on your forehead - that way, you can save yourself some breath.

Debbie said...

Pets are always a love/hate proposition, aren't they?

twinmama said...

I am completely snickering my way through your post. Not because I don't understand your pain, but because I love his thought process. And I am a little frightened because one day that is going to happen to me. The girls are animal crazy!

twinmama said...

I should also mention that we do own 2 dogs and I think a goldfish would be much better. If you want to go on vacation, you have to board your dog or find a babysitter and they require a lot more attention than other pets. At least cats can go a couple days without someone cleaning the litter box. Dogs are like half-children.

Tess said...

Sometimes its just easier to go up to a wall and have the same conversation. lol

Anonymous said...

It just keeps going on and on and never ends. Get him a Ground Hog :)

MamaHenClucks said...

I totally know this conversation. Only ours ended with fish who wouldn't stop dying.

Jen said...

Ok I can't read this blog with my kids around or I get a migrane! I was reading it and they were not paying attention and then I started laughing and Spencer insisted on knowing what I was laughing at. I told him he wouldn't be interested, but he didn't believe me...ugh! He had to comment on everything...I think he was channeling Cole.

If Cole wants to experience a puppy, we just got two German Shepard puppies. They are 7 weeks old and we have "wee wee pads" all over the house. Not to mention the nibbling they like to do on everything and everyone. They are getting better, but you definitely do not need a puppy around. Tell Cole I said you cannot have a puppy yet.

Jen said...

Oh I forgot to mention, in addition to the puppies (a.k.a. poopies) we also have 3 cats, 2 goats and 3 fish (who won't die).

HarryJack's Mom said...

Oh, I have so had that conversation and the Excedrin is a must these days. They are so fun, but I'm not sure my brain or ears are built for this X2. I am sending you patience vibes for when they are all talking! Happy Heart Day!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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