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.
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.