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February 4, 2018

Why We Love Our Family Pet

Family Pets

As a parent, you aren’t supposed to have favorites. But let me tell you a little secret: our dog is our favorite family member and I wouldn’t have it any other way. From myself to the kids, everyone loves our dog. He has been our families protector and always comes to sit by my side when I’m upset, even if I’m not visibly upset, he just knows and will always come to comfort me. Our dog is actually my parent’s dog. But I say he is mine because well, I love him that much and took care of him extensively as a puppy and he remembers it. Even when I moved out and got married, he would still come snuggle with me whenever I came to visit. In his first few weeks with us, we formed such a close bond that as life happened and I got older that bond never deteriorated.

We call him the family dog. I have tried unsuccessfully to convince my dad to let me claim him over the years, but since it’s my blog today I’m claiming him as mine (lol).

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Having a family pet is also good for children. Owning a pet is a huge responsibility and before you commit to one you should make sure your children (and you) are ready for the commitment. Remember pets become members of the family and should be treated as such once they come into your home.

According to this article here are 10 reasons why owning pets are good for children:

For those parents sitting on the edge, here are several positive reasons you might not have thought of to bring a pet home for your kids:

  • Children who grow up in homes with pets have less risk of developing common allergies and asthma.
  • Playing with dogs may help lower blood pressure.
  • Kids with pets get outside more—to go for walks, run and play—and enjoy all the associated health benefits.
  • Pet owners require fewer doctor’s visits.
  • Emerging readers often feel more comfortable reading aloud to a pet.
  • Nurturing a pet is an acceptable way for boys to “parent play”—to practice being caregivers.
  • Feeding and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility.
  • Children with pets display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem.
  • Sharing the love and care of a family pet forges an additional common bond among siblings.
  • Cuddling a pet reduces stress, loneliness and anxiety.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/relationships/10-reasons-pets-are-good-for-kids#ixzz4fKKgOOkX

He is a few years older now and you can certainly tell that age is starting to get to him, but when it’s time to play he is definitely ready to play!

Over the years we have tried to teach him tricks–but we either gave up or tried teaching him the wrong way. He does shake your hand and give hugs though, so I guess that’s a plus.

Do you have a family pet or fur baby? If so how do you spoil him or her? Sound off with type of animal in the comments section!

 

Mother of two, photographer, and fitness enthusiast hoping to inspire others to live healthy.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Taisha

    such a cute post! my dog is definitely my husbands favorite in the house lol

    February 5, 2018 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Chava

    I really couldn’t agree more!! Our dog has changed our lives. Great for kids!

    February 5, 2018 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Echo

    Oh my goodness, what a cute puppy dog you have. Puppies are so good for kids.

    February 5, 2018 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Sara @ BestPetReviews

    Great article! You mentioned some reasons for owning a pet that I never thought of before! I think owning a dog helps every family member, no matter what age 🙂
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    February 14, 2018 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Kimberly

    Dogs are great for raising children there is no doubt about it. My dog is out for a walk with me 3 times a day, and the first one is 2 hours long, so I guess that is my way of spoiling him ;).
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    February 20, 2018 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Carmen

    What a cute dog! My mom has dogs and she talks to them like their her kids.
    Carmen recently posted…Ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a familyMy Profile

    February 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm
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