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Shane and I take our title of dog parents very, very seriously. Boone is not just a pet, but also a member of our family, and we treat him as just that! We can not get anywhere near a pet store without a new collar, three new toys he probably already has, a new bag of Purina® Pro Plan®, and treats for our spoiled boy. The day we brought Boone home, I read a quote that said, “he may only be here for part of your life, but for him, you are his whole life.” Tears. All of the tears. Right then I told myself that I would do just about anything to give that little ball of fur curled up on my lap the BEST life possible.
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Boone is almost two years old, and as a puppy we tried him on a few different dog foods hoping to find the perfect one. He was having some stomach sensitivities to different dry foods, so our vet recommended Purina Pro Plan, and we haven’t used anything else since! Boone is a hunting dog, so we feed him Purina Pro Plan Sport, which has extra protein to help maintain his muscle mass (#fitdog.) It has worked perfectly for him with no issues, and he has not once complained;) We purchase Purina Pro Plan at our local Petco, and with an entire aisle dedicated to the Pro Plan line, you couldn’t miss it if you tried!
When I had Lucy back in July, we were so excited, yet nervous to bring her home to Boone. He was the baby in our family for over a year, and we were anxious to find out how he would react to sharing our attention. Not to our surprise, Boone fell in love with her immediately, and with the exception of chewing a few diapers, he handled the huge dynamic change like a champ. Now that Lucy is getting older, our top priority is to teach her that Boone is not only our pet, but he is also a member of our family. Since he is family, we treat him as just that, and that means we need to take care of him! We are teaching her this responsibility in a few simple ways:
- Feedings. Every morning when I go into the kitchen to feed Boone, I bring Lucy along with me. We scoop his Purina Pro Plan Sport food into his bowl, and once we are finished I tell her good job and we call Boone into the kitchen. She is too young to feed him on her own still, but our hope is that starting these habits young will help her understand how important it is to take care of her furry friend!
- Soft Hands. Lucy could poke and prod at Boone all day, and he wouldn’t even bat an eye. We have one EXTREMELY well-mannered dog, and for that we are so beyond grateful! Even though that is the case, we still teach Lucy how to be sweet and loving towards all dogs. Whenever Lucy grabs onto Boone just a little too hard, I carefully remove his fur from her grip of steel and I show her how to pet Boone’s coat gently and I repeat the words “soft hands” over and over. It is so important for all children to learn how to properly handle animals, because they are not as well-mannered as Boone, and that could be dangerous!
- Grooming. We want Boone to look and feel his best, just like a Westminster Champion! We do this by regularly bathing, brushing, and trimming his nails! Every time I brush Boone’s coat, (which is happening constantly because the shedding is REAL) I sit Lucy in my lap and we do it together. They both know now that when I pull out that brush from the cabinet, it’s time to get to work. She will be brushing him on her own before we know it, and Boone will be loving every second of his pamper routine.
There you have it. That is just a few of the ways that we are teaching our almost seven month old how perfect and wonderful all dogs deserve to be treated. We keep it simple with a little routine, a whole bunch of love, and plenty of ear scratches. What do you do to help your dog put their best paw forward to look and feel their best? Do your kids have a special role in taking care of your animals? I would love to hear about your routines, and while you are at it, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a trip to Westminster!