Our kids were young when we got our first and only dog. My friend Sherry from work was trying to find a good home for her dog Beau and asked if we were interested. Our kids had been begging to get a dog for years but I always said no because of my allergies but listening to Sherry describe Beau I thought this Miniature Schnauzer might be a great fit for our family. This may sound cruel but three months of having Beau and listening to our kids’ empty promises about picking up dog poop in our backyard were too much for me. Beau was a good dog but our lives were too busy to have him so I resorted to bribery. I told our kids I would pay each of them twenty dollars if we could find a new home for Beau. It took me a while before our kids agreed to my plea but they finally did. We found a perfect home for Beau at Mark’s Aunt Lila and Uncle Jean’s house. Beau and Uncle Jean bonded like best friends and our kids still were able to see their short-lived childhood dog when they wanted to. Everyone was happy, especially me, because I was prepared to go as high as fifty dollars.