I Bribed Our Kids

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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.

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7 thoughts on “I Bribed Our Kids

  1. OK, I’ll tell you this story if you promise NOT to tell anyone else. My sister-in-law, who is one of the best people I know, allowed her kids to have a goldfish. No dogs, cats or gerbils, but she would let them have a goldfish. Then came time for a big family vacation and they could not find anyone to leave the fish with. So, when the kids were at school, she put some bleach in the fish tank. The kids had a big funeral for the fish and the family went to Florida unencumbered. For years the kids wondered why “Goldie” had turned silver just before she died!.

    Now I am not advocating this behavior, but I wanted you to know there are worse ways to get rid of a pet than bribing your kids to find him the perfect home.

  2. Jean (PaPa) and Lila loved Beau… and all of the animals that came into their home. When we moved in for a short time after coming to Michigan for Joel’s teaching job in October of 1984, PaPa bonded immediately with our precious first baby, Princess. They would play catch together (she was one smart cat!) and they took many naps together. I lost all of my photos from those years in Hurricane Ike but I can still see the one I took of him sleeping with her on his chest in his chair in their living room on Elmwood. I miss Jean every day and his unconditional love for everyone he met. He was a great man. Thank you for mentioning him.

    Rosemary, I pray for you to find comfort every day in a body that is failing and I love reading all of your posts. I can’t even imagine what you are going through. You and your courage are an inspiration to me and I am so glad you can still “talk” to the rest of the world and remind us how very lucky we are all to have you in our lives. {{{hugs}}}

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