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Dogs are More than Just Pets

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.

Dogs are amazing. I think we can all agree that they are more than just a pet. They are part of the family and more often than not, we treat them like our children.

My dogs are very important to my family and our newest addition, Daisy is extra special.

Ever since Daisy has come to live with us, we have all noticed a great improvement in our lives. I am not just talking about us humans having an improvement in our lives,  I am referring to my daughter, my husband, myself, and my older Mugsy.

Mugsy has been showing his age in obvious ways like the gray hair starting to appear on his muzzle as well as in his behavior like the lack of excitement in things that used to get a rise out of him.

It is inevitable, I know my dogs will age but I like to do everything I can to slow down the process and keep them happy as long as possible.

Ever since we brought Daisy home, she and Mugsy have been inseparable, they do everything together including taking naps, it’s adorable.

Daisy likes to play and although Mugsy has never been a playful type of dog, he enjoys playing with her. They run around and chase each other outside.

It’s pretty amazing to see Mugsy playing like a puppy when he never really enjoyed playing like that even when he was an actual puppy.

I feel like one of Daisy’s superpowers is the ability to keep Mugsy young.

She loves to play and I was able to capture a little bit of her playing in a Gif which turned out so cute! Usually, my daughter is the one in the family making gifs and creating funny videos but I was able to use the Milk-Bone® Gifmaker to create a fun Gif of Daisy playing.

Unfortunately, I am not as tech savy as my daughter and I could not figure out how to share the Gif here.

Speaking of my daughter being really into technology, I love that Daisy has created a much-needed distraction to keep her off of the phones and computer.

They enjoy playing together as well and my daughter has even attempted teaching Daisy a few tricks. I think there is no better way to teach a kid responsibility than to have them help take care of a dog. It is also a great way to work on other important life skills and qualities like empathy and compassion.

Another superpower that Daisy possess is turning my big strong camo wearing, deer hunting husband into a baby talking puppy snuggler.

Every day when he walks in the door from work, Daisy cannot wait to greet him with a bone in her mouth and a playful howl. He usually scoops her up, calls her some unintelligible version of a sweetie pie and praises her for her loveable way of saying hello.

It’s unbelievably cute and I look forward to that moment every day, as I am sure the both of them do as well.

They often snuggle no matter how big Daisy gets, at this point, she has to be making him uncomfortable on that chair.

There just isn’t enough room for the both of them but neither of them seems to mind.

I appreciate all of the wonderful things Daisy has done for our family and I like to reward her by giving her some of her favorite treats, Milk-Bone®.

Are your pets part of the family? How do you show your dogs that they are more than just a pet?

ellen beck

Saturday 21st of April 2018

Your dogs are adorable! I have to agree they are more than pets. I do cat rescue, but have always always had a dog. Our dog currently is Odin. He is a black shepherd who we brought home about 12 years ago now, he was 3 maybe 4 at the time. He is a senior... and has diabetes and now completely blind. I have thought about another dog, but I dnt think I am ready for it, and it would confuse him now. Previously we would be a multiple dog house, but not right now.

Melissa

Wednesday 30th of May 2018

Odin sounds adorable, I love shepherds and the black ones are just beautiful. I have been thinking of getting back into rescuing and fostering animals but the last one I took on is now a permanent member of my family so I don't think we are ready. lol

Birdie Skolfield

Friday 24th of November 2017

My two dogs Dex & Dia are our kids. They are spoiled and they love us unconditionally. I can't understand people that have dogs and just throw em out side in any weather its makes me mad and sad at the same time. Daisy and Mugsy are so sweet in the pic of them laying together .

Adaleta

Saturday 28th of October 2017

Dog and even other animals really are more than pets they are part of the family. They can make such a difference in peoples lives it is so wonderful.

debra p

Saturday 28th of October 2017

This is so moving, how one helps keep the other young. Pets like people need love and companionship.

Lynndee

Friday 27th of October 2017

I have always believed that dogs are part of the family. We have a few back in my hometown and we love and treat them like family.