My early years were spent in a family with a dog, but after some issues with the last one, we became a family without animals. Then after suffering a miscarriage we decided to get a couple of cats to keep me company and I imagined growing old as the mad cat woman that everyone talked about.
But then the boys came along and Maxi developed a fear of dogs. He was petrified of them. If we visited my mother in law he would jump onto the kitchen table to get out of the reach of her dogs and it broke my heart to see him physically shaking as he was so scared. We tried everything and nothing seemed to make a difference until Cass and the rest of the Frugal Family got Buddy and then it was love at first sight for Maxi. He became obsessed with him, he wanted to walk him, look after him and loved spending time with him. It made me smile from ear to ear and then he started on wearing me down.
One year later Alvin came into our lives. Our adorable bundle of fluff that is a Bichon Frisse and now we wouldn’t have be without him.
5 reasons why every family needs a dog
- When you drop food on the floor, they will eat it. Under my table has never looked so good, I just wish I had a dog back when my the boys were weaning nd throwing food on the floor!
- A dog teaches you responsibility. Left your favorite shoes in the middle of the room and the dog chewed on them? Well, should have put them away where they belong.
- A dog teaches you compassion and anger control. See point two!
- Dogs force you to exercise. Unless you want to have to clean up poop and wee, then it is imperative you take them for a walk. A great incentive!
- Dogs are always pleased to see you. I guess this will become more and more important as the boys get older as I will at least have the dog come run to greet me.
For the real list of why every family needs a dog, check out this post. In all seriousness though having a dog is a real commitment and as much as we love Alvin, I wouldn’t want to minimise the hard work that it takes. He has to be groomed, walked and well fed.
We have always fed Alvin on dried dog food as recommended by our VET and at the moment he is enjoying some breed specific food thanks to us being part of the Royal Family with Royal Canin. We have never tried breed specific dog food before, but Alvin seems pretty happy with it and hasn’t suffered from any side effects. Breed specific foods are formulated to provide for the nutritional needs of your specific dog.
Are you a dog household? What breed do you have? How long have you had a dog and do the kids help out?
Disclosure: Alvin was sent some dog food and the lovely crate by Royal Canin. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Mum in the Mad House possible.