I already have a dog and a cat and assume most of the responsibility for them (except for the obvious vet check-ups and food, 'cause I'm too young to get a job).
And, in general everywhere, I'm pretty responsible, especially for my age. When teachers need my brother to do an assignment that he didn't turn in, they tell him, and they tell me, and they also give me papers to give to him if he missed class for w/e reason.
Being involved in music every day, I practice a lot and work hard and do well.
My dad claims to like animals, but the dog wasn't his decision; it was his dad's decision to get us a pet. And I can acknowledge that if I were getting rats, that money would be an issue. hence, the mouse idea. My mom thinks hamsters are cute, but not mice and rats.
And if you have suggestions for reasons for my dad not wanting me to get pets, please, share them.
I asked my dad why I can't have a small pet (even if it were a hamster, gerbil, or mouse), and he just said, "because I don't want a wild animal in the house." Sorry, but to me, that's not a reason, that's an excuse.
And, another little tidbit, I also get nagged by my mom when I look at pet forums. "You and rats
" she will say. My BFF nags me too, 'cause she considers it "abnormal" because she's never had a pet and she's a bit older than me.