There are currently nearly 80 million pet dogs in the United States. Thirty nine percent of households own at least one dog. With so many of us owning dogs, why is it so difficult to answer the question, “Why do you love your dog?” In my case, I love their loyalty, companionship, and playfulness. I love coming home to their wagging tails and wet kisses! I love how they tolerate playing dress-up with my daughter. They also great to take along on a hike or use as jogging partners. At night, they are my watchmen. In the morning they are my alarm clock. They are so many different things to our family, it’s hard to imagine life without them.
There are so many pet stores out there, it’s hard to know which one to choose. Some have more products, others specialize in organic and earth friendly items, but those aren’t the things that I look for when I go to purchase an item for my dog. I want to know if the company really cares about dogs. Do they encourage you to help dogs in your area or donate money to help animals in need? Do they encourage a sense of community among dog owners by putting you in touch with like minded people? Do they assist you in learning even more about your well loved dog?
I am a huge dog lover, but I haven’t always been. While growing up, we had a dog, but he wasn’t a big part of our family. After I got married, my husband really wanted a dog, so after we bought our first house, we got our first dog when she was just 6 weeks old. She instantly became our baby and we did everything with her. We took her with us everywhere, took her to dog parks and on walks every day and spoiled her like a child. She was just so cute!
Last year around this time I experienced a dilemma with my dogs. My sister and I decided it would be fun to create/buy costumes for our dogs for Halloween. It was a GREAT idea, we thought, but when it came time to look for the costumes it quickly turned into a nightmare. We went store to store trying to find costumes that were fun and would fit our large breed dogs. We couldn’t believe how difficult it was.