This is my story and you may not copy it or show it as your own. It was written by AnimalsComeFirst. Mom, why cant I have a dog? I do my chores and homework I can care for a dog! I asked my mom thoughtfully. Ben, you know why we cant have a pet! I know youre old enough to care for one youre 10 years old. But you go to school all day and your Dad and I work. A dog would have no one to pet him or feed him, or walk him. Mom said as she stroked my short, brown hair. Tears filled my eyes, as they always do when we have this exact conversation, and I pouted as I glared at the ground. I ran to my room upstairs and flopped on my bed. I thought about what I could do if I could get a dog. In the summertime I was always home, doing nothing. I didnt have many friends, so summertime to me, was doing nothing but reading. But when I did have school, I would be gone all day, like Mom said. What if he could stay in our backyard all day? He could have a doghouse, with a water bowl and a food bowl. I could leave out toys and he could run around all he wanted! That was it! That was my plan. Now I just needed the doghouse, the bowls, the toys and a dog. It was going to be hard to sneak this all past my parents, but I had to try. I peeked out my bedroom door and quietly slipped down the stairs. Mom, Im heading out to town! I yelled to her as I opened the front door and a blast of warm air hit my face. Be back before dinner! She called back, but I was already running down the road, counting my allowance to see what I could buy for my dog. Anyone want more??