Our baby and fur baby are almost exactly three years apart. Asher came along when Melvin (the pup) was just three and it’s been an adjustment since. Melvin was pretty good when it came to getting used to Asher being around, but I can tell he isn’t always interested in playing when Asher is eager to have some fun. On occasion he will entertain Asher, but Melvin is pretty laid back and would rather be napping on the couch or hiding out somewhere.
Melvin is a smaller dog, a Shih-Tzu, and his demeanor is just easy. He’s a very well-behaved dog and I will say that he is quite protective of Asher. When Asher wakes up at night and begins to cry, Melvin is always the first one in his room to see what the problem is. Aside from being protective, and when Asher is eating, that’s about the only time Melvin is really interested in what our little guy is doing.
We’ve contemplated getting another dog on several occasions, but with our lifestyle, which requires us to move frequently, we thought it would be best to just wait. I grew with an English Springer Spaniel and a Great Pyrenees and they were both really great “kid dogs.” If you are interested in getting a dog for your children, I highly recommend researching which breeds are best for kids or a adopting a rescue animal. Studies have proven over and over again that kids and pets have an incredible bond, and dogs can be extremely therapeutic for children, especially those with special needs. Plus, lets all be honest, who doesn’t love a furry four legged friendly creature running around! Here’s a few of the benefits of having a dog around, according to Purina!
Benefits of Having Kids and Pets
Companionship. Dogs make for excellent companions. The saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend” didn’t just come out of nowhere. Dogs are truly wonderful creatures that can offer a bond that’s important and healthy, especially for children.
Responsibilities. If you’ve got an older child, getting a dog (or any animal) is a great way to teach them responsibilities. Kids are so eager to explore their independence and by taking care of something, they get a sense of pride out of the deal. And you get a little extra help! Win – win!
Activity. Dogs are active, which means that your little one is more than likely to be more active by having a pup around. Whether they are running in the yard, jumping over things, digging holes or just playing, dogs are a great way to help increase a child’s activity levels.
Happiness. Dogs are happy creatures themselves so in return, they can often boost morale and bring happiness to others. Happiness is wonderful form of medicine!
Health. Oddly enough, dogs keep our atmosphere cleaner than we think! Children that are exposed to pet dander and microbes they carry early on in life are less likely to get sick. Children who’ve also had dogs at early ages are less likely to be allergic to them as well!
What kind of pup do you have for your little one? Did you get them before or after you had children?