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Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Daddy’s Puppy Problem

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Hey Hairy Dogfathers,

My wife and I have been married for four years. When I met her she already had two cats. I have always been more of a dog person, so when my Uncle’s dog had puppies, I brought one home.  My wife wasn’t too happy. She really is more of a cat person. I know it wasn’t the best timing, but I think it’s cool that my daughter gets to grow up with a dog. Now, we are expecting again and I would really like to get another puppy! What do you guys think?

Signed, “Every Baby Needs a Puppy”

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Dear Every Baby Needs a Puppy,

Your expanding family sounds lovely. One thing that holds true whenever adding another member to any family is that it upsets and changes the balance in the household. Change isn’t always a bad thing though – just try and think about how it will affect every member of the family, furry and human. How will the cats react to a playful pup? How about your wife? Another thing to consider is timing – you mentioned that it was bad timing last time? Why was that? Are you about to repeat the same mistake? If your answer to that last question is “yes,” then it’s simple: wait until the timing is better. Honestly, adding a new puppy into a family is a wonderful experience, but there is no need to rush into it.

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Dear Every Baby Needs a Puppy,

Well dude, all I’ve got to say is: “No! No puppy for you… at least not right now.” You mentioned your wife wasn’t thrilled, so count your blessings that she forgave you last time (I’m assuming that she did, considering she wanted to make another baby with you).

Looks like your kid is already has a bond with the cat, judging by the comfy kitty in the crib pictured above. Trust me on this one; if your kids and wife want another dog down the road, they will let you know! For now, enjoy what you have, and spend some of that would-have-been puppy time, playing with your kids, cats and dog!

 


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