By Caitlin Abber
On tonight’s episode of “Teen Mom 2,” we see Jenelle faced with a scenario that leaves her a bit overwhelmed. Her boyfriend Nathan has been sent to prison for a DUI, and Jenelle, who is pregnant with their child, must take care of his dog, and her own, plus her young son Jace — all at the same time. It’s a lot for one person to handle, and in the midst of it all, Jenelle finds herself very frustrated.
“What I learned from this experience is that you always need to be two steps ahead,” said Jenelle when I spoke to her about the incident. “You need to have your dogs trained well, and they need to listen to you as owners.”
When I asked Jenelle what advice she would give to “Teen Mom 2″ viewers about pet ownership, she said, “They should definitely make sure they can handle it — it is not as easy as it seems — and make sure to start out with one dog first, not two. What I usually do before I get a pet is go on Google and search for different breeds and see how they are around children — you want to make sure they are going to get along with all your family members.”
Speaking of family members, Jenelle pointed out that part of being a good pet owner is making sure your kids understand the responsibilities that go along with taking care of an animal. “You need to show your kids how many times you take the dogs out a day,” said Jenelle. “They need to appreciate you taking out the dog, so they know what it is like before they decide to get an animal for themselves. Kids can’t take care of pets by themselves, so if you get your child an animal, you need to be prepared to take care of it too.”
Jenelle said that she regrets the way she handled the incident, and that she wants people to know that she loves her dog. “He’s so loyal, so protective, he’s kind of goofy, and he’s so clumsy and dopey. He’s definitely part of the family.”