We got our golden retriever, Charmin, back in February 2008, almost two and a half years before having Sawyer. Even though it was just me and James, one of the reasons I had in mind for getting a dog was so that our future kids would have a pet. I had dogs when I was growing up, and I wanted to make sure our kiddos had that experience as well. Having a pet has been beneficial to our entire family in several ways. Before Sawyer was born, our puppy was – and still is – considered a member of our family. Because we didn’t have children to run after yet, we considered Charmin our “kid”. We chased after him, getting our exercise by playing in the backyard with him. He gave us new responsibilities and the need to look after someone other than ourselves. With Charmin around, things are always fun.
Pre-kids, he could make us laugh all the time, whether he was stealing my seat in front of my laptop, chasing squirrels in the backyard, or carrying around sticks that look like they weighed twice his size. Even now we get a good chuckle from him every now and then!
Now that Sawyer is two and old enough to interact with Charmin, he loves his dog. He loves to play fetch, pretend to ride him, and just hug his neck. He has been helping Daddy feed our golden retriever since he could walk. He can now carry the empty bowl from its mat to the bag of dog food so that James can fill it, and then carries it back so that our pet can eat.
As I mentioned above that Charmin is like another child to us, there are a lot of similarities between having a pet and having kids. Both are dependent on you for their basic needs as well as their happiness. Just as Sawyer needs us to run and play with him, our golden retriever requires happy activities that will keep him healthy, such as taking walks and playing around in the backyard. They also each need proper nutrition in order to stay healthy.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IAMS Proactive Health Puppy Formula. All opinions are mine and are not swayed by outside sources.