Saturday , 1 October 2016

Boy dreams of a pet dog, parents go with unconventional alpaca instead

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Growing up, I recall my sister begging my parents for a puppy. She wanted one more than anything imaginable. And like my sister, 14-year-old Matt experienced the consistent rejection from his apprehensive parents.

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Instead of kicking rocks and questioning his purpose in life, Matt decided to address the situation from another angle. You see, in Australia (where Matt is from), alpacas are a little more common than they are here. Matt petitioned for an alpaca as soon as he was convinced that his parents were not going to budge on a dog. Matt eventually persuaded his parents, arguing that alpacas are cute, cuddly and very low maintenance. The fact that alpaca’s live longer lives (20-25 years) was another pro the parents took into consideration.

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Meet Chewy, Matt’s pet alpaca.

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Alpaca’s can be just as loving as dogs but don’t need as much attention.

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Appropriately named, Chewy loves getting his teeth on anything within reach. That’s one of the few drawbacks of alpacas: some of them can be real assholes.

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Chewy loves to take selfies and has a rather popular Instagram.

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For all the parents out there, alpacas are really good with children.

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They are automobile friendly as well.

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Chewy even has his own pet rabbit.

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If you want to be the coolest kid on the block, convince your parents to get you an alpaca.