I was raised with dogs, with a lot of dogs actually. My mother worked with a breeder and shower of Shetland Sheepdogs or more commonly known as Shelties. We had 3 of our own keepers for life and we also had an Alaskan Malamute who was a beautiful gentle giant! My sisters and I showed dogs in 4-H which is a youth development organization. We showed locally and statewide! Tons of memories and lots of fun! Shortly after I was born my parents got their firs Sheltie! Her name was Shelby and she was so cool! Shelties are known as herders and she definitely did that with me and my sisters. She was always right on our heals, making sure we were not doing anything dangerous. She passed away shortly after my 16th birthday!
Over the years I have loved many dogs and seen them take their lasts breaths. What I love so much about a dog is they are so happy and grateful if you just touch them or show them love. Even if it is just for a few minutes, this makes their day and they love you so much! Whenever I was sick, the dogs always knew so they would stay close to me for comfort. I have cried to my dogs and talked to them like they could actually understand me! Probably stupid but as a girl I needed a dog. Nothing has changed, I still need a dog
Our Dog, Henry
This leads me to Henry! When I met my husband he had a 14 year old Golden Retriever named Trapper. He was such a cool and sweet dog and I wish I could have known him longer. We had to say our goodbyes to him shortly after we found out we were pregnant with Sissy. I had never not had a dog so this truly broke my heart that I didn’t have a furry friend following me around the house! My husband only had one dog… Trapper. He had so many memories of him that I could not disrespect him by getting a new dog directly after. I needed my husband to grieve properly.
That was in February and I gave him by January of the following year to get a dog. Sis was born that year in June; so many people told me I couldn’t handle a baby and a puppy but clearly those people did not know me. My hubby surprised me with a Golden Retriever puppy for Christmas two year ago when my daughter was only 6 months old! We named him Henry.
My sweet sweet boy!
If you have contemplated getting a dog and having a baby, let me just sit here and tell you that you CAN do it and it’s not that hard at all. Henry is such a smart, loving boy and a big dork! He has ate my carpet, walls, shoes and furniture. I know what you are thinking, I would have gotten rid of the dog by the 3rd shoe! No, I wouldn’t do that, partly because I blame myself for each incident!
I have never seen a dog so gentle, so kind, so sweet and so protective of his girls! He was raised with a baby, he grew up getting pulled on. When children grow up together I feel they have a certain level of respect for one another. Baby gets knocked down by a puppy and puppy gets body slammed by a baby! It melts my heart to see he and my kiddos play! Now on with it, why a girl needs a dog!
A Girl and Her Dog!
Okay, I know they say a dog is a mans best friend. But, in reality they are a human beings best friend…especially girls! I find there is absolutely nothing sweeter than see a little girl and her furry friend!
- Only a little girl thinks her dogs nails should be painted pink
- Girls can tell a dog anything and everything, dogs are great listeners.
- Any child outside playing with their furry friend is super cute!
- Only girls think that boy dogs need bows too… and I’m not talking bow ties!
- Kids are more excited to see their dog than they are to see you!
- Girls think dogs need to be dressed up for tea time, wear sunglasses and hats… Sorry Henry!
- Girls have no problem putting necklaces or as we call them… Jewels on her buddy!
- My daughter is only two and she is the primary dog feeder in our household!
- They are best friends and he follows her everywhere
- Henry even lays his head on the baby! He is so sweet and gentle, that I would take an eaten wall for his kindness to my kids!
Dogs are not cheap by any means! They take a lot of work and a lot of care. Are you thinking about getting a dog but don’t know if you can you handle a newborn and a puppy? Yes you can! If 50 years ago it was common for families to be large, then you can handle a couple of kids and a puppy. It’s not as hard as you may think so if you want a dog and have kids, then you go get one girl! It is absolutely so stinking adorable to see your children with their furry friend! Dogs teach your children how to be gentle, it teaches your children to be kind and to care for something. Get a dog! Where you a girl with a dog?