The Dog Contract

Dog people do some strange things. Without a doubt, the decision to get a family dog comes with a lot of responsibility. And kids, usually the parties who want said canine companion, promise the world to get what they desire—only to come up short when it’s time for the actual chores.

So when these kids begged their father to get a family dog, he reluctantly agreed — with a catch.

According to Mashable, the Dad in question outlined a 13-term Family Dog Contract citing some very important rules which the kids must abide by in order for the family to get a dog.

Our favorite terms have to be:

1. 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.

5. The dog does not slobber or have a runny nose. All parties agree that those kind of dogs are gross.

9. Dad has unrestrictive veto power over the dog’s name.


12. The dog is not included by name on the family Christmas card…

The entire family signed this contract, but of course, enforcement is a dog of a different breed.  This contract is fun and humorous, but the ones your company creates and signs are a big deal. Make sure you’ve had them reviewed by an expert in contract law like Dean Sperling. Otherwise, you might find yourself cleaning up the mess without a bag.

More on the case:
Reluctant dad writes incredibly detailed family dog contract