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How to convince your parents to supply your dream pet, a five point plan

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.
First she made one poster, then she made copies for every door in the house. I really can't cope with with rodents. not since the mice infestation during my last months at Uni. Send me all the no pet excuses known to parent kind! #parentshaped

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.



  1. 21/11/2016 / 9:12 pm

    I love that they actually made the dream pet, that is such a lovely idea. We are having ‘discussions’ at the moment about a pet but so far there haven’t been any further attempts to persuade us to get one. I had better not show them this post …

    • parentshaped
      22/11/2016 / 3:06 pm

      Discussions soon escalate!

  2. 22/11/2016 / 11:32 am

    I love the dream pet, it is so cute!
    What is it with girls of this age? We got guinea pigs a couple of years ago, but suddenly they weren’t enough and my daughter started on a charm offensive too to get any other pet – hamster, rabbit, even more guinea pigs… She didn’t succeed. We still have our guinea pigs (although with a small change of personnel earlier this year after an unexpected, early and very sad death) and I personally think they’re the best pets ever.
    Good luck with your future hamster! (Although I’m sure you would find guinea pigs more rewarding!)

    • parentshaped
      22/11/2016 / 3:05 pm

      Yes, we have a dog, and she has fish, but that wasn’t enough! I do buy into her argument that they are good for the stress of being a tween though, maybe that explains the age thing!? Thanks I will need the good luck

  3. 22/11/2016 / 9:26 pm

    Now I’m thinking I’d rather like a pet dinosaur ~ wouldn’t that be fun to take into school and show the children

  4. 23/11/2016 / 11:22 am


  5. 24/11/2016 / 1:53 pm

    Of these post made me smile. I think every little girl goes through a stage of wanting a cute little pet to look after

  6. 24/11/2016 / 10:32 pm

    Oh I LOVE the dwarf hamster and I would prefer to have the soft toy one to the real thing. This has been such a great campaign. I have loved all of the creations.

  7. 26/11/2016 / 9:02 am

    Oh penny she is one very smart cookie (and ace artist!)

  8. Bonna
    15/02/2019 / 7:13 pm

    Amazing art and it is a lively idea to turn pets into reality. I know someone who is on a mission of convincing. Any ideas on helping him speed up the process?
    Love all these ideas btw!

    Bonna xx

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