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A Kid Sister is no Kidding Matter

My mom and I make a good team and we enjoy each other’s company, but lately I have been noticing how many of my friends have siblings. Either a twin from the same litter or a younger brother or sister. I never really thought too much about it before, but it occurred to me the other day, that they get to go on walks and socialize with other dogs and then when they go home, they still have each other to play with.

When I get home from a walk, my mom does her thing and I do my thing until it’s time to go for another walk. Sure I’ll sit next her on the couch while she is watching TV. But that’s really her activity, and I’m just a passive bystander.

How cool would it be to have someone else to play with while my mom is at work or busy. And when we get to Tupancy a little late and everyone is heading home, I would still have someone to run around with. And a puppy would be even better! They are so cute and cuddly and since I know pretty much all there is to know about being a good dog, I could help train her. Yes her. I definitely would want a girl. With my mind made up, I went to my mom who was having coffee at the kitchen table and said, “I want a little sister.”

You can imagine my shock and disappointment when my mom looked at me with a firmed face and said, “No.”

My face must have expressed my shock and disappointment because my mom immediately launched into a long lecture on how much responsibility a puppy is and that we don’t have room in the house and she doesn’t have the time to train new dog right now. On and on. By the time she stopped talking I was seeing red.

“It’s not fair! I want a little sister! She will keep me company. And I’m trained already, so I can train her myself. You won’t even have to do anything! There are so many dogs that need a home and we have a home! I WANT A PUPPY!”

My mom looked at me calmly and said, “Okay. We’ll call the shelter next Monday and go find ourselves a puppy.”

“Really?” I asked suspiciously. My mom is not one to give in or change her mind so easily.

“Yes, really. I’ll have to remember to call Aunt Mary later and tell her we won’t make it to her 4th of July Day cookout in Marshfield this year.”

“Why can’t we make it?”

“We will have a new puppy, Marty. We can’t take an untrained puppy to a cookout with all those children running around. We’ll spend the whole time trying to keep her out of trouble. Oh wait, I forgot. You are going to train her. I guess we can go. You can babysit the puppy, while I sit by the pool and mingle with the family.”

“Yeah, I could do that.” I said, realizing my Independence Day would be anything but.

“I wonder if she will have been spayed when we get her,” my mom went on. “It would be a shame to miss two weeks of beach days while she heals.”

“Huh?” This puppy business was taking an ugly twist.

My mom got up and started for the other room. “I have some time now. Let’s start getting the house ready for our new puppy. First, we’ll need a box to pack up all your new toys you got for your birthday.”


“We don’t want the puppy chewing and destroying all those expensive toys I got you. Don’t worry you can have them back in a year or so, once she has finished teething and has settled down. It might be sooner, since you are going to spend all your time training her. After all you know, everything there is about being a good dog.”

I started pacing, I hadn’t considered how destructive puppies can be. Maybe we could get her some toys of her own. No, she’ll always want whatever I have. Puppies are selfish like that. My thoughts were interrupted by my mom, as she started to leave the room.

“I am really going to miss our long Sunday walks. Puppies are only good for a short distance before they need a rest. Guess we will just go back to short walks this summer…”

“FINE! Okay mom! I get it! I’m not ready for a puppy!”

She smiled and came back into the kitchen and sat down and finished her coffee.

I have to admit. I didn’t realize how much a puppy would impact our lives. With all the joy and cuteness comes a lot of training and patience while the puppy acclimates to our home. I’m not saying I am giving up. I think a puppy would be a great addition to our family some day. But all things considered, I’m not ready for a puppy right now. 

I hate it when she’s right.


Marty is voiced by Janet Forest a full time pet sitter on Nantucket.