Bryce Dallas Howard’s Son Would Like a Puppy, Please

09/20/2010 at 08:00 AM ET
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Move over Perry Mason —  Eclipse star Bryce Dallas Howard has a budding lawyer on her hands in 3½-year-old son Theodore Norman.

“He has a very strong point of view of life and there’s a lot of negotiating for a puppy,” Howard, 29, told PEOPLE at the world premiere of Hereafter at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“He said he would be fully responsible for training the puppy. I don’t know why he thinks he has the capacity to do that,” she says with a big laugh.

However, Theo’s irresistible charm and reasoning has Howard and dad Seth Gabel on the right track.

“Well we are thinking about it,” the actress admits. “Maybe for his fourth birthday. We’ll see!”

In the meantime, Howard is keeping busy chasing after her little guy around the house.

“He’s very physical and loves climbing, which is a little treacherous for his parents,” she says. “The house is totally baby-proofed! But we love to dance and sing. He dances to Michael Jackson. Every night we have a dance party after dinner.”

– Paul Chi

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jen on

Before we had children we did dog rescue. I think I realized early on that parents more or less appease their children when it comes to the entertaining aspect of having an animal.

Then these children grow up not really respecting the responsibility of the life they are caring for, and toss them aside.

A dog isn’t a birthday present. It is a living, breathing being.

Whether you get one for a child’s birthday or not, I just hope the child is mature enough to understand what it means to care for another life – for the entire life – of that dog.

kjc on

I don’t think she’s going to put her 4 year old in charge of raising the dog. I’m sure they’ll teach Theo certain responsibilities, like helping to feed or brush the puppy, but aside from that it will be Bryce and Seth’s responsibility – and I’m sure they can handle it.

I’ve been a big fan of Bryce for quite a few years. I think she is a great actress, with her head firmly on her shoulders – especially growing up in a Hollywood family.

Sonya on

We’ve always had dogs and cats growing up (we now have one dog), but it was never thought that the kids are going to be responsible for them.

Personally, I think that only teenagers are capable of having sole responsibility for an animal (and even then with supervision) and if they’re getting a pet ‘for’ a younger child parents need to be ready and willing to take care of the animal themselves or not get them at all.

mommytoane on

Yeah, notice she laughs when she says that she doesn’t think her son would be able to handle training. How quick to point the finger we are.

Yes, dogs are a living being. But, they also love kids. My daughter got a dog when she was 3. Granted, she didn’t train it on her own, but she DID help teach it to sit, lay down, roll over, and such. now at almost 8, she has the responsibility of feeding the dog, and checking her water dish. Kids can have an active role in a pets life. The dog and the daughter love eachother very much. IMO, pets teach a lot to children. No reason a kid shouldn’t be able to have one for his/her own.

CelebBabyLover on

Where has the time gone? Is Theo really 3 already?

CelebBabyLover on

And obviously that was a retorical question. I’m well aware that Theo is three!

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