So maybe I've mentioned once or twice how my daughter is completely, obsessivly animal crazy. She has been BEGGING us for oh, 38 years, for a puppy. "But we already have Moby" I say. But she wants a puppy of her OWN, one that she picks out and names and takes care of. Nevermind that when I ask her to feed Moby once a month, she asks if she'll get an allowance for it.
Well, she's figured out that David and I have a soft-spot for rescued animals; she knows that that is the ONLY way we are getting another dog. She also has been told that we are not adding ANY. MORE. ANIMALS to our zoo for at least a year. However, her sitter took her to a pet store, where Anna fell completely in love with some puppies there, mutts of the long-haired-dachsund/terrier variety. So, basically, the DOG OF HER DREAMS.
Last night when I got home from work, she hauled me into the family room to ask me if we couldn't just go LOOK at them. Because THEY NEED HOMES THEY ARE IN A TINY CAGE WITH ONLY ONE TOY AND IF WE DON'T SAVE THEM NOBODY WILL. She begged, she cried, she wailed, she let loose the crocodile tears as if her heart was breaking.
Now, if I've learned anything during the 7.5 years of parenting this child, it is this: DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE TALKED INTO GOING TO A PET STORE WITH HER.
Furthermore, I reminded her of our agreement that if we got the bunny, we wouldn't even TALK about getting another pet for a year. She PROMISED me that she would be completely satisfied with bunny, that she wouldn't ask for a puppy because what she really wanted was something small and soft and cuddly and her own. I was feeling awfully smug: problem solved, no puppy talk.
Yeah. That lasted, what? A month?
I calmly reminded her of her current animal line-up:
19 assorted tropical fish
1 Beta fish
and 6 snails
That, I said, is more than enough animals for one girl. She asked why I had to be SO MEAN, when her friends just got a puppy last weekend. "They," I said, "don't have as many pets as you do."
"Well", she wailed, "Then YOU shouldn't have said yes to all of them!!"