Living on a farm, I didn’t really expect for N to ask for a pet. But that’s exactly what he asked the other bedtime.
‘Mummy, when can I have a pet?’
‘Why do you need a pet? You’ve got 10 sheep, probably all due to lamb soon, and 2 1/2 cows’
‘They’re not pets, they’re farm animals’. He got me there.
‘You’re a bit young for a pet because you’d need to look after it’
‘What about a hamster?’ – I’ll probably blame Horrid Henry for that idea.
‘No, they need cleaning out and I’d end up doing it’
‘A rabbit?’ After school club at nursery have one, so I’m not sure he needs one of his own.
‘They need cleaning out too’
‘I’d like a cat’. Fat chance, the OH hates cats.
‘There’s lots of cats on the farm, I’m not sure a cat would be a good idea’. There’s me wondering whether we’d be able to tame one of the kittens enough for N to have one as an outdoor pet like his cousins have done. Doubtful that would happen with the number of cats on the farm.
‘How about a dog? I’d like a dog’
‘Maybe in a few years when you’re big enough to train it and look after it. And if you do, don’t let Dad train it. You’ll need to train it to poo in the field not in it’s kennel area like the others do’.
‘I’d take it to training lessons. And it would have a kennel. And it can go on a lead like Fern when she walks down the road’.
‘Probably. Your cousin has a puppy and she’s 9, but the boys were all older when they got theirs so maybe we’ll rethink when you’re 9 too’.
Off his mind went onto the next topic of questions.
I love how much N gets on with animals, and likes them. In the morning if his Dad’s dog is around, she’ll come over for a stroke when we’re going off to school. N’s quite happy hugging and stroking her, although he’s careful to watch out in case she kicks in enjoyment when he tickles her tummy. Hopefully by the time he’s at the end of primary school, he’ll have been around the other dogs on the farm enough to know what to do with them to look after them.
What age were your children when they first had a pet and what was it?