Family dog contract

Family dog contract
Family dog contract

We all know that taking on a dog is a big responsibility. How do you get that across to your kids?

One dad decided that it wasn’t enough for his children to promise to look after a new dog. Instead, he made them sign a contract.

In the family dog contract, the father set out 13 terms, including:

  • Dad never has to pick up poop.
  • The dog does not slobber or have a runny nose.
  • Dad has unrestricted veto over the dog’s name.
  • The dog is never referred to as a child or sibling.

The kids were happy to sign and, according to an update in the original Reddit thread, things have gone well:

Epilogue: Two weeks after contract was signed, we got a ~three year old white fluffy mutt from a shelter that weighs 15 lbs., was already housetrained and doesn’t shed or drool. We named him Kershaw (veto power not exercised). It’s been two years, and the kids (now ages 12, 13 and 15) have been pretty good about doing everything. Kershaw eats dry dog food from Trader Joe’s, and so far hasn’t created any indoor messes that have required the use of harmful cleaning chemicals. Everyone (including Dad) adores the dog, which has been a fantastic addition to (though not member of) our family.

He also posted a picture of Kershaw:

Kershaw the contracted dog
Kershaw the contracted dog

The one question remaining is: how many other dogs out there are named after ex Radio 1 DJs.

Images from imgur and Reddit user rjohnstone13.