I'm from the Pit Bull forum where we were discussing this. I know I was the "exception" and minority, but that still means it is possible and shouldn't mean in anyway that I shouldn't have been allowed to own the dog. That was me, but it wasn't what I meant. If some one can't take care of themselves then they are going to be uncapable of provided for a dog. I wasn't really thinking about what I was writing. What I meant is a child should be allowed to own a dog, I said they are the perfect exception to this because they don't have to support themselves. Not all children, parents need to use common sense and better judgement. Not give into a whining child or just buy them a pet that they think will keep the child occupied or TEACH them responsibility. In order for the child to be responsible they have to already been taught this, it does help them be more responsible, but a parent should already put this value in their child. Family pets are great and thats what most people have. But my dog was no family pet, otherwise I would have never had my dog my parents didn't want a family pet, no one else wanted another dog, and they didn't want to take care of it, train it, buy its feed, or pay its vet bills. So that wouldn't have been an option for me, the only thing I could do is buy my own and take care of it. My parents are serious people and wouldn't let me own a dog without taking care of it. I think most of these parents are wrong and niave to think their child is going to be interested in taking care of a pet and I also think its laziness in the parents. People are always looking for a pet to buy their kids and expect them to take care of it. And they are no better than the children, I also saw the animal precent show and can't believe these parents say its My Son's dog. The son is a minor and you are legally responsible. If the son isn't responsible then they shouldn't have a dog, if the son isn't responsible then the mom needs to step in and care for teh pet, its a living being, but if the parent is this irresponsible you can't expect much from their child. I took care of my dog and I would do it all over again and I'm glad for the experience and the trust that my parent put in me. My parents would never let me own anything if I didn't take care of it. I took care of my dogs and all my other pets. The first time I wasn't allowed to own a dog, I think I was 11 maybe 12. I was ready then and wanted one, but my parents decided that wouldn't be a good idea. I didn't have any means for providing for the dog, I wanted one so badly and had saved up money, BUT as my mom pointed out that isn't enough to sustain a dog and provide for everything it needs. Collars, leahs, feed bowls, food, vaccs, worming, dog house, pet taxi, spaying, dog bed, toys, treats, vet bills if it becomes ill, ect. So I wasn't allowed to get one, what kind of parent would get or let their child get a dog if they don't have means to provide for them? Most kids don't. I wasn't allowed to get my dog untill I was capable of taking full responsibility and finicially able to provide for it. That should be the absolute only way a child is able to have their OWN dog. A family pet where the parent knows the pet will/maybe their responsibility is different. Of couse they should assume this as kids don't have jobs in most cases they would at least have to provide the $$ to care for it. The only way my parents were responsible for my dog was legally because I was a minor, but they never had to be because I was responsible and very cautious, I wasn't going to do anything to jeopordize my dog ownership. Even if they would have had to be legally responsible you better believe they would have dragged my butt to court with them and I would have been the one forking out the cash for a ticket and probably had a serious talk.