Dogs Are More than Dogs – They’re Family!

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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.
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If you have hung out at Parent Palace at ALL over the years, you will know that our dogs are not just dogs – they are FAMILY.  We love our pups just as much as if they were another sibling! For those of you who haven’t seen them before, here are our fur babies, Sunny, a seven-year-old pit bull mix, and Ollie, a three-year-old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel who is full of sass and spunk.  

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We talk about our dogs a lot, but I don’t often talk about WHY I got a dog to begin with.  I sometimes joke and call Sunny my “divorce dog”. But it’s kind of true – I rescued Sunny a few months after I got a divorce. I wanted a dog because I was afraid and nervous to stay at home alone at night.  Little did I know that I rescued the WORST guard dog ever.  But that wasn’t really what I was missing – it was my kids and the companionship, and in that way, it was really Sunny that rescued me.  We decided to add a second dog so that Sunny would have someone to play with – thus came Ollie!

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Ollie is excitable as Sunny is chill, but he’s such a GREAT dog for my kids.  He is always happy and his attitude is that life ROCKS 24-7 and everything is something to be excited for.  For me, working in a very stressful job, sometimes it’s really cool to come home to all of that positivity! And Ollie is always willing to give me a snuggle when I’m feeling down and out.  The kids too – he’s a GREAT listener.   

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These guys bring SO much joy into our lives on a daily basis – they are a huge part of our lives and family, and I just can’t imagine the huge whole that would be left in our lives if we didn’t have Sunny and Ollie in it!

But that’s kind of the thing about dogs, isn’t it?  They are never JUST.  They are always more.  Dogs are an amazing part of our lives as humans, and sometimes, at least for me, they can be the best part.  And Milk-Bone agrees that dos are always more! 

You have to check out this AMAZING video created by Milk-Bone to celebrate its 20th anniversary with Canine Assistants.  Canine Assistants is a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs to children and adults with special needs or disabilities.  Guys, I’m not joking.  If you’re a dog person, pull out the tissues.  You’re going to need it.  Seriously, when the young man says, “Dogs can talk – you just have to listen,” the pet parent tears just flowed freely.  This video absolutely shows how dogs are more. 

 
 
Milk-Bone is also inspired to do more! Taking a cue from dogs, they are making treats now that do more – what was once just a treat is now an opportunity to do more for your dog
 
How do you pamper your fur babies?  How are dogs more in your life?  Let us know in the comments!
 

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