If The Five-Year-Old throws you a party…

puppiesThere will be dancing, cupcake making (and decorating), a surprisingly intense Bendominoes tournament, and snacktime (aka cupcake eating). And no doubt, once The Five-Year-Old reads today’s Caterpickles, there will also be puppies for rent.

That’s right, according to the Daily Herald, it is apparently now possible to rent puppies by the hour in some parts of the U.S.:

“Miller’s Puppies for Rent business started up this summer. It was targeted at BYU students who don’t have the opportunity to have pets. …

While Miller started the business to cater to BYU students, word got out and now Utah Valley University students, families and single working folks are all renting puppies. Corry said he’s delivered puppies for dates, birthday parties and surprise gifts and one mom rented a puppy for her daughter as a reward.”

The Five-Year-Old's To-Do List for yesterday's party. From top to bottom decoded: Party like a preschooler (the dancing bit), eat cupcakes, play games, and have snack time. As the party host, The Five-Year-Old checked off the items as they were completed. As you can see, some items were completed more than once. What can I say? The Five-Year-Old throws a great party. (Drawing: The Five-Year-Old)

The Five-Year-Old’s party To-Do list. Decoded from top to bottom: Party like a preschooler (dancing), cupcakes, play games, and have snack time. As the party host, The Five-Year-Old checked off the items as we did them. As you can see, some items were completed more than once. What can I say? The Five-Year-Old throws a great party. (Drawing: The Five-Year-Old)

For those of you concerned about the fate of the dogs once they are no longer cute, rentable puppies, the owner of the business, Jenna Miller told the Daily Herald that most end up being adopted by former renters.

Apparently a fair number of her renters use the puppy rental experience as a way to test out whether or not they would be any good as dog owners.

Now if you will excuse me, I have a house to clean. The Five-Year-Old expects the guests for today’s party immediately after breakfast. I don’t know what she expects me to do with them while she’s at school, but knowing The Five-Year-Old, I’m certain there’s a plan.

So, what’s on your agenda for the weekend?

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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