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103. A Step Pet
When James divorced his wife Patricia, he moved
of the house they bought together. James and
shared custody of their teenager son Robert. Robert
stay with his father four days a week,
Thursday through Sunday. At first James didn't mind
behind the family dog Spot. James and Patricia
the dog when Robert was just a three-year-old
. Not having to take care of Spot meant
didn't have to worry about cleaning up after
dog, and budgeting for dog food and treats.
also didn't have to worry about taking the
to the vet and the expensive vet bills.
years after James divorced Patricia, he remarried. His
wife Linda had two daughters. The two daughters
along well with James's son Robert. The two
had never had a pet though. One of
was very allergic to cats and Linda was
an animal person. She thought they were too
work and required too much attention. Her daughters
wanted a pet though.
James had an idea.
like he shared custody of Robert with his
-wife, what if he shared custody of the dog
. James could bring the dog to the house
he picked up James every Thursday and bring
dog back to his ex-wife's house on Sunday.
thought it was an interesting idea and agreed
try it. James's ex-wife Patricia really liked the
. It gave her a break from having to
care of Spot. Robert was really happy because
didn't have to leave his dog behind, and
best animal friend could be with him all
time. Linda's daughters were especially happy to have
part-time pet. "Now we have a step brother
a step pet!" they said.