My Pet Story
Choosing to get a dog
Fortunately our vet does a good plan where for a small monthly price we get all Eddie’s vaccinations, flea treatments and worm treatments included. He even gets two claw clips a year. I also have Petplan Pet Insurance which helps with vet bills if Eddie gets sick.
Fortunately Eddie is generally in good health apart from one incident. He was very ill with pancreatitis and ended up in vet hospital overnight. Having the insurance really helped. I knew I could get him treatment without worry over the cost. He has now made a full recovery and is back to his lovable self.
Meeting our dog
We got our dog through an accidental twist of fate. One of my husband’s friends knew of a dog who was looking for a home. He was six months old and had spent most of that time being passed from one family to another due to no fault of his own. My husband always had dogs as pets. He thought getting this dog would be good for my son.
After some discussion we got Eddie. He was a surprise for my son so my husband took him home when we were away visiting my parents. My husband put Eddie in the kitchen and shut the door. After picking us up at the airport we came home. My son went into the kitchen. It was a real comedy moment, my son walked into the kitchen, saw Eddie and just stopped with his foot in mid air. It was a real surprise for him. They are now firm friends.
Adventures with our dog
Since we got Eddie we have been on many adventures with our dog. Having to take him for walks has been a great way to explore our local area. We have found many things on our doorstep like a birds of prey centre. Taking the dog out on long walks is a great way to spend time together as a family.
As well as local adventures we have taken Eddie on holiday with us. Eddie is not keen on going in the car. I think he thinks we are going to leave him or he is being taken to a new family. We have become great experts what essentials you need for travelling with dogs. He has been on a number of caravan holidays with us and really enjoys exploring new places.
How our dog changed our lives
Mornings start early
Lie ins are a thing of the past. Once the sun comes in the windows Eddie knows that it is time to be awake. He will start squeaking until someone wakes up and pets him. Once he is up then it is time to take him out for a walk and to feed him.
We get more exercise
Everyone needs exercise but it can be hard to fit it into a busy life. When you have a dog you have to go outside and walk him, whatever the weather. The family get more exercise and are healthier as a result.
He helps build social skills
Social skills are something that need to be learnt. When you are out walking your dog you will find they like to socialise with other dogs. This often leads to conversation with their owners. Through walking the dog my son has learnt to socialise with a range of different people which has been a bit benefit to him.
Someone is waiting when we get home
Whenever we leave the house and come back we are greeted with a wagging tail and doggy kisses. It doesn’t matter if we have been away ten minutes or an hour we always get a warm welcome.
He knows if you are upset
Eddie is always there to listen if you need to talk and never tells you are stupid. He knows if anyone in the family is upset and will come over to give them doggy cuddles. Taking to and petting your dog helps lower blood pressure which helps keep us more healthy.
There is someone there to guard us
Eddie loves to guard us. His favourite position is lying on the windowsill looking out. We always know if someone is passing the house as he will let us know. He is also very aware of what is going on inside the house and if he hears a strange noise he will alert us.
He wants our meals
It is no longer possible to eat without sad eyes looking up at us. Whenever he sees food he will follow it and sit and look at the person who is eating it. Human food is bad for dogs so we give him a doggy treat instead.
Do you have a dog? How have they changed your life? Let me know below.
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