This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IAMS Proactive Health Puppy Formula. The opinions and text are all mine.
By the time we had our first child, we already had two fur-babies at home. One of our dogs has been with me since my college years and is nearing 14 years of age and our yorkie is now 5 years old. These dogs are spoiled. They are used to getting a lot of attention, love, and lap-time since they are both little dogs.
Raising pets and raising children have many similarities. Puppies require a lot of attention and training. I think that by raising pets first, we learned a lot about responsibility and caring for another living thing. When the dogs were puppies, we would have to guess their needs, much like that of a child. It is cute now to watch the transition of how our daughter, now 3 years old, acts like a little mother to our dogs.
She helps us feed and give them water daily and even assists in letting them outside to use the bathroom. We allow her to give them their treats when they are good or perform tricks for her, such as sitting down or rolling over.
Another thing that she is learning about our pets is in regards to health. We don’t feed our animals from the table because it tends to make them sick. They live on a diet of dog food and what we feed to them is just as important to me as what we put into our bodies. I have drastically changed my eating habits this year to includes many more fruits and vegetables, along with quality proteins and carbohydrates. I have started using food as a means to fuel my body instead of simply “grabbing something to eat” because I am bored. Nutrition is very important to me and my actions don’t just stop at my human baby, they apply to my fur-babies as well.
Parallel to health, exercise is also just as important to pets as it is children. We go on walks with our pets and play with them a lot in our back yard. We like to get out the tennis balls and the
frisbees and our daughter and dogs have a really fun time playing together.
How do you keep your pet(s) happy and healthy?