Happy Belated Dog Day!

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In honor of National Dog Day, I have to recognize how amazing our furry friends are! So many proud pet owners posted their favorite furry babies on Facebook and now it’s time for my goofy dogs to get a little spotlight!

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Oh, my ‘special’ dogs……Rocco and Daisy bark at anything that walks by (the neighbors must love that!), Rocco sheds massive amounts of hair and has allergies, and Daisy has peed and puked on our carpet too many times to count. I’ve throw away many rugs, the first time when 5 week old Rocco pooped out worms on them! (horrible flashbacks from that one!). When Daisy was a puppy, she used to pee every time she got excited, so basically every day and every time Bo walked in the room. Rocco is too large for me to walk and control him. And, every time it rains, their paws and our house are a wreck. The backyard is filled with dog poop, the grass is destroyed and this was the first summer I could put flowers in planters without the being destroyed! So, with all of these inconveniences, why are dogs all that great!?

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Honestly, unlike Bo, I have been fickle with them and truly wanted to find them both a new home at one point or another! If it hadn’t been for Bo, I would have happily found Rocco a farm at 6 months! He was wild until 1 1/2. If you are only a dog-mother, I’m sorry that this changes your opinion of me; I know you must be appalled! If you are also a human-mother, then you know dogs can be a lot of extra work and money when there’s so much to handle in life already. But lucky for Bo and the rest of us, they’ve calmed down and have an amazing life.

Many days, Anna or Brody have commented how they’d want to stay home like Rocco and Daisy. While we’re rushing around getting ready for school where they spend much of their day sitting and concentrating, our dogs are either napping on our couches (I think they really love rainy days) or barking at walkers and bunnies in the sun. I have to agree, they have it pretty good….lucky dogs!

My children love them to death! And, the love is reciprocated. When Anna was ill the summer before kindergarten, wouldn’t eat anything solid, lost 10% of her body weight, and was diagnosed with food allergies to everything, Rocco would sleep at the foot of her bed every night. Rocco, I hate to admit, is much smarter than our designer breed Goldendoodle! He’s also fiercely protected us two different times when shady men came to the house and weren’t supposed to be in Rocco’s territory! If he doesn’t like you and sensing something is not right, watch out.

And, Daisy is the polar opposite. She timid, so submissive, super sweet, and just wants to be loved on. This unlikely pair are totally best friends and have been since the day we brought her home!

What I’ve grown to love and realize about my dogs is they’ re imperfect and so are we. But, they don’t judge, criticize or really care about superficial things. Feed them, love them, and let them sleep and they’re happy! They really have so much in common with kids if you think about it. That’s why I love them both and you can’t stay mad at them. Think about the similarities.

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Dogs are so loyal, very much like kids. They live for pleasing you and spending time with you, just like any young soul. They don’t think before acting, just like kids, and many times punishment doesn’t work long-term! Luckily, if you’re grouchy and punish them, they’ll forgive. They’ll love you unconditionally, much like children. And, they grow up so quickly!

When we found Rocco on the side of the highway in Scott County (and weren’t looking for another dog), he was 4 pounds, a tiny, fluffy, adorable fluff ball. He was irresistible, really! And, now look at the 130-pound who is so protective of this family! Have you ever recognized the one universal button-pusher for children? Say something about their mama (or dad) and it’s instant anger. Children will defend and protect their parent’s honor no matter what. Dogs too.

We have to love these smelly, goofy, messy, loving mutts. They enrich our lives and only add to our crazy memories. Kids, hairy or not, hyper, impulsive, and loving. We love you kids!

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