Our gorgeous dog, Hugo, came into our lives at just the right moment. He brings us so much joy, laughter and comfort. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my little family dog and I am so glad that my boys are growing up with their own.
That’s not to say it’s easy bringing up kids and a dog in the same household. We have had our share of frustrations. If you have a dog and a young family, you will know what I am talking about.
- You left the baby gate up for ages and ages after it was really necessary. Not because of the baby but because it was pretty handy to lock the dog out.
- Your toddler has eaten dog food. They just have.
- You wonder how people with kids and without dogs keep a clean floor after meals. Your dog is the most effective broom, mop and vacuum rolled into one.
- You know that people without dogs probably find that kind of gross.
- You love your dog SO much, but in that brief moment after they bark and wake the baby (who took an hour to get to sleep) you are ready to send them off to the farm.
- Then you feel really guilty for thinking that.
- Your dog’s diet is 50% pet food and 50% scraps from the kids.
- Your children have attempted (at least once) to convince the dog to pull them along on either a skateboard, bike, scooter or cart.
- Whenever you leave you have to add another 10 minutes to get-ready time. Because that’s how long it takes to coax puppy out and convince him that he really does need to stay outside.
- Your kids have pretended to eat their vegetables but in reality have attempted to feed them to the dog. But the dog doesn’t like vegetables either so it’s a fairly transparent ploy.
- When you walk your dog or take them to the park, your kids are proud as punch to introduce them to anyone who comes up for a pat. I am not sure if it’s a great thing that both my sons are so willing to talk to strangers but at least they are confident. Plus, for an extra treat, you sometimes take your dog boarding, where they can have even more fun with other dogs.
- There are plenty of arguments over whose dog it actually is and who he loves most. But you know the truth – the one that feeds the dog is the favourite.
- Your dog has the patience of a saint. Putting up with enthusiastic cuddles followed by being summarily ignored on a regular basis.
- Your kids have no fear of other people’s dogs. Even the kind that are twice their size and can knock them over with a single bound.
- Your dog is everybody’s best friend confidant. When the kids are upset, they nuzzle into the furry friend that listens and understands. When you need a little TLC, the dog curls up in your lap. I’m sure that they just know.