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Hey alex. I just need to vent. Basically I really want a puppy/dog, im 12, and I’ve been asking since I was 10. 2 YEARS! 2 WHOLE YEARS MY DAD HAS SAID “yeah maybe”. But now I ask and he says 1 he hasn’t come across one (he’s acting like there’s just gonna be a facebook add like ” hey! Adopt A doberman now!” )(I really want a Doberman) and 2 The boat isn’t ready yet. Well yeah I know that you made it full of junk you just throw crap everywhere! Okay its kinda my fault too but like still. I’ll clean it once he’s found a dog and its official that we’re ever getting one. Right now it feels like we’ll never get one. I kinda want it because at home I get bored and lonely but also because I want someone to tell about my emotions that isn’t online like you. Someone who’ll listen, ANF not talk about themselves. Like a dog! So yeah. Just a lil vent. 


Hi there, 

You are very welcome to Ask Alex. Thank you for taking the time out to come on and vent.  

It sounds like you would love to get a dog and it seems a Doberman is your preferred breed. They are such a lovely dog.  

So there’s a little bit of work involved to you getting a dog in that the boat isn’t ready yet. We know you mentioned about not cleaning the boat until the dog is officially coming. Have you thought about doing this sometime soon and that way it is all ready for when a dog may arrive in the future? It might show your dad that you are very serious about getting the dog as you have made an effort to tidy out the boat.  

You’re thinking that the dog will make a great companion and indeed they are a wonderful friend; they never talk about themselves but always give unconditional love.  

It’s important to remember that owning a pet, like a dog, requires a significant amount of responsibility and commitment. Researching local animal shelters or rescue organisations can be a great way to find a friend, such as a Doberman, while also giving a loving home to a pet in need. Before bringing a dog into your family, it’s also essential to discuss the financial aspects of pet ownership with your parents. This includes expenses like food, veterinary care, and grooming, to ensure that everyone is prepared for the lifelong commitment of caring for a pet. 

If you are ever bored or wanted to chat about how you are feeling, you are welcome to come on to and chat to us on our instant messaging service there (by clicking on the purple Messenger circle), or you can phone us on 1800 66 66 66, and we promise you that there are real humans there, ready and willing to listen to you. Whatever time of the day or night that it might be, our services are open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. No one in Childline will ever judge you, it is a safe, confidential space for you to talk or vent. 

Wishing you all the best and we hope you get your dog sometime in the near future.  

All the best, 


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