The moral of this thread: Parents are evil and dogs are just as bad. Keep them away from the Bonkles at all costs.
Fortunately, I don't have a dog, and my folks are okay with my hobby even if they grumble about it. As long as I can get the money to support it, they'll let me get on with it.
My sob stories, then:
In 2004, I passed on a Takanuva set for Toa Metru Matau. I'd purchased Vakama and Onewa the previous week and then suddenly, Takanuva showed up at the local supermarket. And right next to him was Matau. And I wanted to build the Krahli. SO I got Matau, built the Krahli once, and then never saw Takanuva again.
We used to go to Spain to visit my grandparents in the summer. We were there in 2004, and we visited this toy shop where they had a lot of Bonkles. They also had Matoran Adventures, but I wouldn't get my GBA until the following month. But instead of getting Bonkles, I got a bootleg Megazord. I will never understand why.