Campaign Puppy

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The agreed upon breed: The Aussiedoodle. Smart, low shedding and likes to herd…..children, I hope

Several months ago, I posted that my children were lobbying for a dog. I got great feedback, tips and opinions from dog lovers and haters alike.

Many, many months have passed and much thought has been put into the topic, and all the while my children have campaigned. What did this campaign look like? Well, there were many different projects and presentations involved.

First off, they did a lot of research. They found the perfect breed for a family of our size and one that could handle the activity and chaos. I was quite concerned that our home life would not suit many dogs, and given that this would be our first one ever, had to consider both what would be a realistic fit for us and kindest fit for the dog. Every family has their own considerations and does what is best for them. As mama, that is how I approached this decision.

Once they agreed on a suitable breed, the tough bargaining began. There were  PowerPoint presentations, evidence of responsible behaviour everywhere I looked, and last Saturday, I woke up to 50 drawings of dogs hung up all over the house. Friends, teachers, cousins and the man on the street all got pulled into the puppy campaign.

My daughter finally said something that hit home for me when she said “I don’t know what else we can do to prove that we are ready and responsible enough for a dog”. She was right. The youngest child is almost four and they all have no issues picking up dog poop. I explained that it was a decision bigger than what they felt ready for, which of course she understood.

In the end we held a family meeting where Daddy-o and I explained the terms and conditions of getting a dog. It was one of those moments I wish I had videoed. There were tears and screams coming out of all six little bodies.

And so, it looks as though we will soon have a new member of our family. For some reason the thought of bringing home a baby dog is far more daunting than bringing home a baby human. Please share positive and encouraging comments about your puppy experiences! I need some support here!



Julie Cole

Author: Julie Cole

Julie Cole is the co-founding vice-president of award-winning children’s label manufacturer Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless entrepreneur awards. Cole is a regular television contributor, an influential and syndicated blogger and a mother of six. Follow her on twitter @juliecole and Instagram @cole.julie

16 thoughts

  1. I love you.. you’ll never ever be sorry for this decision. It will be work, and you will get frustrated, and the kids will forget their duties once n awhile.. but in the end, the memories created, the fun, the love, the responsibility, and a ‘pet’ in the house, will be something that will always be remembered for the rest of their entire lives. YAY KIDS!

  2. Congratulations!! What a gorgeous looking breed.
    Bringing home a puppy IS more daunting than bringing home a baby. I can guarantee you that there will be many times in the first few months that you will wonder what you got yourself into and, yes, maybe even regret your decision. But, it will pass and you will love him or her and you won’t be able to imagine life without them. Your kids lives will be richer too. You’ll probably end up being the sappiest doggy mama around. LOL!

  3. An Aussie puppy – what a perfect fit for your family. We miss our doggies and my kid are also on a HUGE campaign to bring one back to our family. I would like our youngest to be four, too. I’ll be watching you guys carefully!

  4. Awesome Julie!! We did the opposite, I tested my husband with a puppy before marriage and kids! All worked out well, our puppy is 12, our marriage is 9 and Evan is 8 and Sophie is 5.

  5. Puppies are a lot of work but they are worth every bit of it. Our next door neighbours have an Australian cattle dog and she’s a beautiful, sweet girl, really wonderful with the kids in her family and friendly with our two dogs. Will you be getting a puppy from a rescue? There are lots of Aussie rescues in Ontario. Good luck, you won’t regret this!!

  6. Yay Julie! We actually just brought home our newest family member on Saturday – a 4 year old beagle cross. The love and light in my boys’ eyes (including hubby) was proof enough for me it was the right decision. Puppies are a lot of work, and I have to admit I wasn’t up for the challenge, so we went with a young adult dog instead.

    That puppy in the pic is scrumptious! The breed does sound like a great match for your busy household. Have fun!

  7. Congratulations!!!Puppies are work, and also, so much fun!!! We have two dogs, both, whom we have had since puppies. My best advice to you would be to crate train. It keeps puppy safe, and your home, also. We took both of our dogs, to McCann’s, for training, at 10 weeks. We were very pleased with them, though I’m sure there are other good schools. It’s worth the time and money, to have a well trained dog. Good luck!!! Sarah

  8. We rescued our dog when he was a puppy a day before he was scheduled to be euthanized. I think some dogs know when they are being “saved,” and give the best love possible. But let’s not forget that like a baby, you need to “puppy proof” your home or else you’ll walk into a quiet room and see your new Uggs shredded to pieces or your cell phone mangled in the puppy’s mouth. That being said, we had our puppy go for puppy training classes and found that not only did he enjoy the classes, but we enjoyed them as well! Our now 15 year old “puppy” is a certified, although retired, Therapy Dog, he is fabulous with our 10 year old son, and practically helped raise him! I am so happy that my “puppy” is in such good health because although all pets require a lot of care, watching my dog wagging his tail and kissing my son with such exuberation is quite honestly, “priceless.” A good dog will leave a lasting impression on all of your hearts!

  9. Congrats Julie! We have 3 kids, the youngest turning 3 on Friday, and last year we brought home an Airedale puppy! It was not easy potty training a dog AND a toddler so maybe we should have waited until this year… but I love my pup so much, she is such a sweetheart! She plays with the kids outside and cuddles with me on the couch when my kids are sleeping and my husband works evenings. And best of all, she really doesn’t shed! 🙂 My only advice is to get a female. They are protective of their family without being territorial. Little hands will get into the food bowl, the chew toys and will wake a dog up… not something males are generally good with. Good luck!! 🙂

  10. You are so brave… and such a great mom! My kids would LOVE to have a dog. My 2nd daughter did her 1 minute school speech this year on “Why My Parents Should Buy Me a Dog”. I can’t get past the extra work that a dog involves. Keep me posted as I’d love to hear the “real life” story of bringing home a puppy. And I know you’ll give the honest truth!!! Good luck! I’m cheering for you.

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