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GloPro's avatar GloPro said

Okay. Here are a few thoughts.

You are correct that it sounds like the family getting a dog is inevitable. That said, I would concentrate my energy on helping the dog get as best of a start as possible in the family.

So… I would go on petfinder.com and seek out Labs. Bigger, durable, even tempered dogs. They tend to tolerate kids and potential rough housing. Ideally one between 1–2 years old, which is still puppy-like but hopefully past the chewing phase labs are known for.

Phase 2 of trying to be helpful to them: if you can afford it, buy them a kennel from Craigslist and present it to them with a book on crate training. Crate training really is the only way, and again thinking of your uncle’s temper and dealing with SO many family members, his only hope for quicker, consistent learning is the crate.

Lastly, if you have time, offer to take the kids and the dog to weekly obedience training. If there is a PetSmart in your area I believe they have a 6 week, 6 classes deal for like $120. Pitch it to your aunt and uncle that you know how busy they are with work, so you would be happy to take the kids and dog to obedience classes so that the kids can learn responsibility and everyone can have fun learning to train and bond with the dog. If you get the kids all excited about taking part and seeing the dog listen to them and learn things, hopefully they will become invested in raising a good dog.

That all sounds really ideal, right? It would be nice if it were all that easy. But in the end you can only do so much to help the pup. Some families just don’t get it, and probably shouldn’t have a dog. There are bad or wild dogs out there because there are bad and wild owners out there. With 6 people in the family I don’t think the dog would be unloved. Anything you can do to speed training and help training would probably be the best way you could help. Adult Labs are not only durable and generally well tempered, but pretty self sustaining as long as they get fed, watered, and occasionally exercised.

I wish there was an easy answer. Have they considered a cat? If they just want a family pet cats are even more independent… And can fit under beds when the kids are being wild

2 weeks ago

Jonesn4burgers's avatar Jonesn4burgers said

Congrats on reaching 5k! Yay, yay, yay!

March 29th, 2014

Jonesn4burgers's avatar Jonesn4burgers said

Congrats on reaching 5k! Yay, yay, yay!

March 29th, 2014

YARNLADY's avatar YARNLADY said

He goes to a charter school sponsored by the California University system. Every grade has a University they identify with. Along with the theme, they do cheers for their class, and various cheers for their lessons. It’s most along the lines of putting the words to a tune or in a chant.
All the kids line up and move their hands like a cheer leader:

To learn the 7 continents,
We start with the letter A (in a cheer-type voice)
and when you’re coming to the end
E will save the day

(Chanting) Africa, Antarctica
Austrialia, Asia too

America, North and South you see
and here we’re coming to the end
Europe starts with E

(All done in a sing, song voice, like a football cheer)

(Yell) PENNIES
NICKELS
DIMES AND QUARTERS

PENNIES
NICKELS
DIMES AND QUARTERS

Penny is worth ONE
Nickel is worth FIVE
Dime is worth TEN
and a Quarter TWENTY-FIVE

PENNIES, NICKELS, DIMES AND QUARTERS
PENNIES, NICKELS, DIMES AND QUARTERS

(Sing to the tune of Michael Finnegan)
January, February, March, April
May, June, July, August
September, October, November, December
Those are the months of the year.

You can make them up for any use

Also the side of the room yell

(right side) Yell: What is 1 + 1
(left side) Yell: TWO
(Left side) What is 1 + 2
Right side ) THREE

August 23rd, 2013

Arewethereyet's avatar Arewethereyet said

—Regarding your answer

March 8th, 2013