I Ask: Is a Llama a Better Pet than a Dog?

December 9, 2010

in Parenting

Great pets. Except for the spitting.

My blogging buddy Alex at Late Enough has a page on her blog called I Ask. Instead of touting she has all the answers, Alex poses a question and the readers give her advice. Some of her recent questions were:

  • Do you believe in aliens?
  • How do I bake cookies?
  • Would you turn in the library porn watcher?
  • What makes you want to stab your eyes out?

I should have stolen this idea from Alex long ago. It would have been better to follow her lead with I Ask instead of agreeing and participating in a TV Challenge with her for a month during baseball season. So, with the latest decision I have to make, I thought it would be fun to get some reader input.

My daughter's first choice for breed: Wheaton Terrier

My kids want a dog.

They have wanted a dog for awhile now and I have put this off, knowing the responsibility required and who would be the primary caretaker. I told my kids that until I got through the divorce process with their dad, I really could not even contemplate adding to our family. Well, the negotiations were completed and the kids know this. And now they expect a dog. Of course they do. I promised them a dog!

But I want new carpet.

The kids have been patiently waiting for a dog and I have been patiently waiting to tackle my home improvement list. Until the negotiations were completed and signed, I didn’t want to work on any home improvement projects. Now I want new carpet.

New dog + new carpet= disaster

I am careful to not make promises to the kids that I can’t keep so I know a dog is in our near future. However, if I can find a pet that is more exciting to my kids than a dog, I might be able to satisfy the pet request and have new, clean carpet. I have already tried to convince Princess Daisy that a llama would be a better pet than a dog. I have not given up on the idea, but so far there is not an interest in a llama.

Any ideas?

Help!


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Justin December 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm

A dog can be a lot of work to look after.

And my aunt raises Llama’s which the title of this post made me crack up laughing.
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Naked Girl in a Dress December 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Justin~ A friend took me for a drive in the country recently and we passed a bunch of llamas. I screeched, made him pull over, and snapped away. They are adorable, but nasty. They were spitting on each other! Are llamas a lot of work? My son would love the spitting. He would think it was cool.

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Alex@LateEnough December 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Get the dog first. Once s/he has adjusted (3-6 months), get the carpet.

Think about how awesome you’ll look on Christmas… if you celebrate it. Or if you don’t celebrate and still give them the dog on the 25th, you’ll look way cooler than most of the celebrating Christmas-ers.

This answer illustrates why I ask the questions instead of give the answer. You’re welcome.
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Naked Girl in a Dress December 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Alex~ Brilliant advice. Yes, we do celebrate Christmas AND it is my daughter’s birthday too. She would be so excited to have a dog as her gift on Christmas morning.

This is a good way to ask for help. I already have the suggestion of getting a hedgehog. I would have never thought of that on my own!

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jackie December 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

All kids need a pet, some of my best memories are playing with my dog growing up. I have always wanted that perfect house that everything is in place and picture perfect at all times. Then I had kids and thought, someday…over the years we have adopted three dogs and a cat who all live under the same roof with my three kids and husband. I don’t have a picture perfect house and probably never will. But all my kid’s friends love to come over and play with the animals, my poor cat has been tucked into the doll’s bed more times than she would like, and the dogs have had a few mani/pedis. This is what my kids will remember, not that our house was pretty and we had new carpet, but all the fun they had with their friends and pets.

PS…I would strongly suggest you rescue a dog, we’ve lucked out with all of our shelter animals. That’s just my ‘save the homeless animals’ pitch!! Good luck and let us know what you decide!

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Naked Girl in a Dress December 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Great advice Jackie. We have only been looking at shelter dogs. Yes, I will blog about the new family member once it happens.

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Kimber Leszczuk December 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Pop culture always has influence over our kids. If they are younger Carl in the Jimmy Neutron cartoons is always waxing poetic about llamas and it is hilarious. He goes on and on about how cool llamas are. The Emperor’s New Groove is cute too and he gets turned into a llama and has to be one throughout most of the movie.

IF they are older or tweens they might like Napoleon Dynamite in which he is always going outside and feeding the llama whatever he has in the fridge. It isn’t as blatant a reference but it is still kind of funny. Also Homer Simpson says “Como se LLAMA” instead of the way it is supposed to be pronounced. HA!

Someone did a website here with pop culture characters drawn as cartoon llamas (including Edward from Twilight and Batman) :
http://listicles.thelmagazine.com/2010/04/6-pop-culture-characters-as-llamas/

There are also many more cool things about llamas – Monty Python’s Flying Circus referenced them alot, llamas with hats is absolutely HILARIOUS and popular on youtube right now but you should watch before letting your kids watch! – that alone might be enough to make them want one, the llama song is cute too.

IF nothing else – YOU should check out the llamas with hats ha. IF you have older kids and they watch it they are going to want a llama named carl. LMAO

Good luck to you. Hope it helped some.
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Naked Girl in a Dress December 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Wow! You have a lot of information about llamas! I can’t wait to watch the video. And I have to check out your latest blog post. Sounds interesting!

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Kimber Leszczuk December 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Here is one of the Llamas with hats links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpjyH-LkEAg&feature=channel

Definitely watch before letting children watch. LLamas are popular on the internet ha!
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Naked Girl in a Dress December 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Thanks Kimber!

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Ethan December 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I hear that llama wool makes great carpets. You may get your cake and eat it too. …but seriously how about a hedgehog?

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Naked Girl in a Dress December 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Ethan~You are onto something, but who is going to make carpet out of the wool for me? A hedgehog, huh? Not sure about that, but I will be Googling it tonight!

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Libby December 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Llamas are only good pets if you live in an NYC apartment, as seen in this Sesame Street video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgkYHhG18uc

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Naked Girl in a Dress December 9, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Libby~
Thanks for sharing that video. How funny! Did you remember that from when you were a kid?

So, the big question is: should I surprise Princess Daisy with a llama on Christmas morning?

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SuzRocks December 10, 2010 at 9:10 am

Llamas are really really gross. Like you said, they SPIT a lot!

Get a cute furry dog- and wait a while and THEN get new carpet!
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Naked Girl in a Dress December 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Oh, you are so sensible Suz! Just ruin all the fun.

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The Sweetest December 12, 2010 at 5:12 pm

If your kids are going to help be responsible for the dog, I say go for it. They will be thrilled. Once your doggie is used to your home and all wee wee trained and all that, you can probably get the carpet. A smaller dog and one that doesn’t shed as much wouldn’t be as hard on your interiors. Schnauzers make good pets.
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Naked Girl in a Dress December 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I had a Schnauzer as a child. How funny you would recommend that breed! So you aren’t on board with the llama, huh?

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Cassondra December 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Well let’s see… Llamas is nasty, with the spitting that’s been mentioned by more than one commenter here. Dogs have to be walked, and are not known for their exceedingly good potty training.

Have you considered a house bunny? They can be litter trained (I suggest getting one that already has been trained) and are very intelligent. More importantly they can be very self sufficient (I’m all about pets that can take care of themselves, cause no matter how much they promise I know my kids aren’t going to take care of them). I’m not sure where you’re located, but http://www.rabbit.org/ has an adoption link that points to a lot of places where you can adopt a bunny.

Not sure if a bunny is more exciting than a llama or a dog, but certainly less maintenance!

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Naked Girl in a Dress December 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Cassondra,

A bunny is a good idea, but I love that the llama is an outside pet. There are no house issues at all with llamas. And, if trained properly, maybe I can get the llamas to spit on command to keep annoying people away. Just a thought, but I will definitely look into the bunny idea.

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Cassondra December 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

I think I’d go for an elephant if spitting on people to make them go away is a desirable trait. You can keep it in the back yard and he can spray water to the front. It’s all about range here.

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Naked Girl in a Dress December 14, 2010 at 10:52 am

What a great idea! Do you think an elephant can step over a three foot fence though? I might need to have a six foot fence in the backyard to keep her contained.

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Cassondra December 14, 2010 at 11:47 am
Naked Girl in a Dress December 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm

That’s it! I am sold on the idea. Thanks Cassondra.

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Cassondra December 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I’m also SURE that elephant dung would make excelent compost for your garden. I was just reading about selling rabbit compost to rose gardeners. If you can sell the little bit that comes out of rabbits, you could be an elephant dung millionaire!

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