By Sarah Carroll

Getting a family pet seems like a great idea, unless you’re the one that gets stuck taking care of it all the time!

One dad in particular was worried about this dilemma, so he drafted a detailed contract for his kids to sign and it’s pretty darn hilarious.

The 13-point agreement was posted on Reddit and here are just a few of the highlights.

  • Dad never has to pick up dog poop. Ever. The dog’s poop is picked up at least 3 times per week by children to Dad’s satisfaction.
  • The dog does not slobber or have a runny nose. All parties agree that those kind of dogs are gross.
  • Dad has unrestrictive veto power over the dog’s name.
  • The dog does not receive organic, gourmet, or special diet dog food. All parties agree that plain old dog food is fine.
  • The dog is never referred to as a child or sibling. All parties agree that the dog is a dog.
  • The dog is not included by name on the family Christmas card. Also, if there is a picture of the dog on the family Christmas card, it shall be merely incidental – i.e., the dog will not be the primary subject of the photo.
  • The kids promise to never fall out of love with the dog or get bored of it. All parties agree that the dog is primarily the kids’ responsibility for its entire life.

The father later revealed on Reddit that the family did indeed adopt a dog two weeks after his children signed the contract and so far, they’ve held up their end of the bargain.

Dear old dad added: “Everyone (including Dad) adores the dog, which has been a fantastic addition to (though not member of) our family.”


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