What is Responsibility?
In a nutshell, responsibility is being accountable for who you are and what you do. It means not blaming someone else for your own mistakes. It means being dependable, trustworthy and making sure a job is done correctly and on time. A responsible individual has an ethical duty to follow through and complete assigned tasks that they have been given.
Is Getting a Dog a Good Way to Teach Responsibility?
Well, that depends on a lot factors. If you are thinking about getting a dog because you want to teach your four-year-old son some responsibility, think twice. Dogs are a lot of responsibility and very time consuming. They need to be trained, they demand attention and (depending on the size) may need excessive amounts of exercise. If you do not have a fenced in backyard, this means lots of walks. On the flip side, if you do spend a great deal of time at home, are looking for a loyal companion and do not mind assisting (and by assisting I mean doing most of the work) your child with some pet-related responsibilities, then getting a dog might be the right decision.
The Story of Mia Mercedes
When I got Mia Mercedes she was only 1.2 pounds of cuteness and fluff. At the age of nineteen, I felt that I was responsible enough to have my own dog. What I did not realize was how much work it would be and how much a dog would affect my life, especially during the time period where I was trying to build a career. I was still in college and living at home with my dad, but over the next few years, I went away to school for a semester, got my first apartment and eventually bought my own house with Matt. These adjustments were hard enough to deal with personally, let along with a dog. Mia was bounced from my dad’s house to our apartment, and then to a mini foster care home and finally to our new home. I am sure it was hard for her to get bounced around so much and it was definitely something I did not think about when I decided to get a dog at that age. She now loves her home and is (and has always been) spoiled to death, but some days I do wish I had waited a few years until I was more stable.
When I decided to get a dog it was because I was home at a community college and all my friends were away at school and I wanted a little companion. Mia was that companion. Even though I was responsible enough to feed her every day, and walk her, I was always busy with school work and my full time job, so I was not home much. I know there are a lot of people who have dogs that work full time and are not home all day, but I love my little ball of fluff and I miss her when I am not there. I do not have children, so to me, she is my baby. Looking back, while I probably should I have waited, I do not regret it for a minute. She brings so much happiness to my life, and even Matt has warmed up to her (it was a love-hate relationship in the beginning). Even when she is naughty she finds a way to make me laugh and she has definitely taught me the meaning of responsibility. I cannot just go out after work, or run errands because I have her to think about.
I guess you can say the statement “dogs are a man’s best friend” is absolutely true in the case of my little girl. So what made you decided to get a dog, if you have one? Do you feel you made the right decision? Did your dog teach you anything about responsibility?
Sooner than later,