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Why I decided to Adopt Another Dog

This post was sponsored by Milk-Bone® as part of a Two-Post Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

There are many reasons to adopt a dog but when you already have one it can be hard to take on another. Sometimes adopting a second dog seems like a lot of unnecessary trouble to me the reasons are clear as to Why I decided to Adopt Another Dog. 

I grew up in a family that had dogs off and on throughout my childhood, we had lots of family pets in those days. They were family pets and although we all took a hand in taking care of them I don’t remember getting too close with any pets until I was older.

When I turned fourteen I was given the chance to adopt my own dog and over the years he became my best friend. I often say that I don’t think I would have made it out of my childhood alive without him and I still believe that.

That bond I shared with my first pet, a German Shepherd beagle mix named Sparky, has launched a lifelong love of all dogs for myself as well as my daughter.

When my daughter was two years old we adopted Mugsy, a shepherd mix who loves his family so much that he guards us as if we are constantly under attack. He keeps evil predators like the mailman away while also making sure that no Girl Scout dare to try and sell us cookies when Mugsy is on patrol.

It has been nice to have Mugsy around but he is getting older and you can see from his picture above that he is starting to show his age. He spends most days relaxing on the couch and only gets up to ward off the criminal delivery people that come by daily.

I know that he was never just sitting there, he is always in deep thought and ready to lift my spirits with a face lick whenever I needed it.

I have read a lot about how younger dogs can keep an older dog feeling and acting young, and I knew Mugsy could use a special friend. We decided it would be a good idea to look into getting another dog and like most people once that conversation started, it wasn’t long before we had a new addition to our family, Daisy.

My entire family fell in love with Daisy as soon as we met her, that adorable face was just the beginning of the many things we loved about her.

She already seemed to be so smart at just a couple of months old and she loved to snuggle. My daughter was thrilled to have the responsibility of puppy watching, kind of like babysitting only cuter. She even took Daisy for lots of walks and helped out with her any way she could.

One of the most important reasons I chose to adopt another dog was to help teach my daughter responsibility. I wanted her to not just do the bare minimum but to actually put in the work and see the results. I also wanted it to be more than just work, I wanted my daughter to share that bond that I did with Sparky when I was around her age.

I am pleasantly surprised with how well that is going, it has been quite a learning experience with lots of rewards for the whole family.

Daisy has been a joy to have around despite the struggles and compromises that come with having a puppy in the house.

I have stepped in pee more times than I would have wanted but I got lots of kisses, snuggles, and love from her over the past four months. The good definitely outweighs the bad and there are more reasons to adopt another dog than there are to not.

I like that having another dog around has inspired my daughter to do more and learning how to care for Daisy has taught her empathy as well. She has been inspired to do more and is learning how to train Daisy by using positive reinforcement with Milk-Bone treats.

Milk-Bone is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs to children and adults with physical disabilities as well as special needs.

To celebrate this special occasion Milk-Bone is sharing this heartwarming video which showcases some of the dogs and pet parents they have helped over the years.

Do you have any pets? How have they helped make your life better?

deanna

Sunday 8th of October 2017

You have beautiful dogs. I am certain dogs are the sweetest animals on the Earth.

Lynndee

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

Glad to meet your dogs, Daisy and Mugsy. :) And it's good to know that Mugsy has a friend now. We have a few dogs back in my hometown and they're all adorable too. Missed them!

E H

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

It is fun to read about your experience of adopting a new family pet. We have never had any pets larger than a fish in the house, and I think our kids are more or less mentally ready. I am just still cringing at the possibility of having to walk the dog all the time as the kids will be too busy, and I am still not 100% ready for that yet, maybe in a few months.

rika

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

I don't own a dog and my mother in law just lost her beloved dogs last month. I think she is going to adopt a dog soon.

Leah

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

I wish we could have a dog. We are not home enough to have one. With two kids in travel sports, we are constantly gone. One day I will adopt one!