It all started with one poster, little did we know this was just the start of the 10yo’s mission to get her dream pet.
The 5 point hamster plan
First she messaged me pictures of her cousin’s hamster.
‘Thanks for the hamsterspam’ I joked.
Then this beautifully coloured poster appeared on her door one evening. Later in the week every door in the house had one. We discovered she actually had a five point plan for convincing us which was executed with the precision of an election campaign:
She placed two small envelopes on our bedside table with little notes begging for a rodent. There were even little sweets inside.
Next we had to go to the library and take out books about hamsters. They are right when they say reading takes off when they find something they are interested in. On holiday she ploughed through a complex text, cover to cover and even made notes, which later became the basis of the ‘H levels’ she suggested she take to prove she was up to the task.
Each day hamsters seemed to snaffle their way into the most ordinary of conversations. Mr A and I were feeling ambushed, but also pretty impressed by the determination of our first born. Kids can be incredibly creative with limited resources. Apparently, she dropped in, pets also help with stress and hormones.
The dream pet
Then Petplan asked us if one of the kids would like to design their dream pet. They would take a drawing and have it made up as a soft toy. You can guess what is coming…
She drew her dream pet. It’s a Pokemon Jigglypuff in blue, with a hamster on a lead…
The dream pet turned up in the post last week, I think you will agree it’s pretty awesome. How amazing to have your dream turned into reality. The person who sees this has expertly recreated all the little details from the sketch in the toy. What a cool thing to have.
Of course, we could have left it at that, she has her dream pet after all, but with all this maturity and persistence, she has won us round. Her other dream pet looks set to become a reality too, despite my lingering fear of rodents after a mouse infestation as a student.
Petplan can also help with real pets, and are one of the few providers offering genuine ‘lifetime’ policies as well as a 12-month policy.
We rehomed our retired greyhound, so I like that Petplan works with more animal rehoming charities than any other pet insurance provider, over 1,200 charities throughout the UK. The Petplan Charitable Trust has raised more than £7million towards a better, healthier world for animals.
I’m wondering if Petplan would insure Mr G’s dream pet though…
Luckily his dream came true at Universal Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, where he witnessed the birth of this dinosaur and even named him. The palaeontologists at Jurassic Park Island have fortunately agreed to look after his new pet Snappy the Velociraptor for him.
Thanks to Petplan who made this post possible and brought a dream pet to life, content and opinions our own.