5 Reasons We Have a Dog, and Always Will

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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I had to step away from the computer, TWICE, before starting this post. The first time was to give my Athena a BIG hug, and the second time was to grab a box of tissues (or two) because the video in this post is SO meaningful. Don’t miss watching it!

When I was a little kid we never had a dog, despite our constant begging! Little did we know that my parents had their eyes on the prize and surprised us with a Valentine’s Day Samoyed when I was nine. Oh, how I loved that dog! She was more than a dog to us. She was everything. I mean, imagine just having a normal Friday night in February, and then your mom puts a squirming, fluffy puppy in your arms and tells you that it’s YOURS to keep. That’s the dream! It was my biggest, best dream.

My parents had other dogs after Chelsea, but they were all after I had already gone to college or moved away to start my own family. True to the stuff of childhood dreams, my husband surprised us with a puppy. Again, we had no idea it was going to happen. He had found her on a rescue site months earlier and kept the secret through the whole adoption and fostering process. Athena came from Alabama. We thought my husband was at work, but he was actually headed to Vermont to meet the rescue transport. We were sick at home and then he came to the front door with THIS little face peeking out of his coat:

Before Athena came into my life, I didn’t know how much I needed a dog. I didn’t know I needed an exercise accountability partner, a co-pilot, a therapist, a playmate for the kids, and a friend. Here are five reasons we’ll always have dogs:

1 – It’s good for our health. Not only does Athena convince me to go to the dog park.. daily.. she’s also good for my mental and emotional health. When I’m going through tough times, and I definitely have gone through tough times since she came into our lives, she’s always happy to see me. She’s always good for a cuddle and a kiss. She helped me overcome my biggest struggles in 2014-2016, with Scarlet starting kindergarten, and Des starting daycare. It was also my most challenging time to approach the age my father had been when he had passed away, and I have Athena to thank for the regular exercise.

2 – They make us feel less alone. I don’t know what I’d do without my pets! I work alone all day in my office and the long New England winters can be hard. Knowing I have two warm bodies to spend time with every day means everything.

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3 – Dogs put us in a better mood. They improve our senses of humor and invite us to truly “play” to release stress.

4 – They increase safety, or feelings of safety. Athena barks if a squirrel runs in the yard!

5 – Dogs make excellent co-pilots. I love taking Athena to Cape Cod or my parent’s house or just on errands!

Now, to that video I was talking about!! Milk-Bone is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with Canine Assistants – a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs to children and adults with physical disabilities and special needs. This is a milestone anniversary, so they have created a heartwarming video to showcase some of the dogs and pet parents they’ve helped over the years. Are you ready to have your world rocked? Dogs are never just. They always do more.

They always ARE more.

Amazing, right? Dogs don’t just sit next to us – they are there to remind us we’re not alone. Dogs don’t just lick our faces – they are there to calm us down and heal us. It’s more than just a walk together – it’s a journey. A life journey.

Milk-Bone takes its cues from dogs by making treats that always do more. We’re inspired to do more.

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What’s your top reason for having a dog?

5 Reasons To Train Your Dog at Home With Robin Bennett

This post is sponsored by Robin K Bennet Raising Your PuppyTM and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer NetworkTM. I am being compensated to help share information about Raising Your PuppyTM online course, but Tamara (Like) Camera only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Robin K BennetTM is not responsible for the content of this article.

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We got Athena as a rescue puppy when she was about four-months-old.

We were so instantly in love with this new (to us) dog. Cassidy had known about her for a month, and had applied to the rescue organization and been chosen. She was being fostered in Alabama by her loving foster family, and he couldn’t wait for her to arrive in New England and be ours forever. We didn’t have a clue! Scarlet and Des were sick with awful colds, and we were facing another long late winter day with Cassidy at work and us sneezing at home. And then everything changed. He came home and walked through the door, with the trick to say he had been in a fender bender and needed me to grab my camera to document the evidence. I was ready, but it wasn’t a car I would be photographing. It was this exact moment:

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I had never had a puppy of my own before! I had grown up with dogs but they always truly belonged to my parents when I moved away. This one was mine to keep. Where I’d go, she would follow. And hey – where she would go, I would follow too.

Always.

The thing about Athena is that she’s so submissive and aims to please. She’s half Husky and half Basenji (we think) and there’s a Husky part of her that LOVES to run away and not come back for hours. She doesn’t do it often, but with having young kids in the house who love to walk her, we realized she wasn’t trained on a leash either. There were so many holes in her puppy training and, of course, we had no one to blame but ourselves. The thing is, it’s NEVER too late to train your dog.

So I went to find a solution that could include us all.

Cassidy works out of the home and both kids have school. We exercise at the park together several times a week. So that’s why I found Robin Bennett. She’s a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, author, consultant and expert on dogs. Robin founded one of the largest dog training companies in Virginia, and has been “reading dogs”, teaching families how to train dogs, and working in the pet care industry helping to keep dogs safe for over 20 years. She’s also the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers – the premier dog training association with over 5000 members. And that’s where “Raising Your Puppy: The Ultimate Video Guide To Your Puppy’s First 6 Months” by Robin Bennett™. comes in!

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This is the ultimate online, video guide to your puppy’s first six months and it’s designed for busy pet parents to help you get started off on the right foot. (paw) Here are five reasons this course is a MUST have for puppy training and dog training.

1 – The step-by-step guide helps you from the moment your bring your puppy home, and you train your puppy on YOUR time!

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2 – You’ll receive ongoing guidance, tips, and advice for every week of development – from 8 weeks to 6 months! And a weekly “What to Do This Week” printable checklist so your whole family is on board with the week’s puppy-training goals.

3 – It’s dog training made easy because you train in your home on YOUR time with over 100 short 2-3 minute videos. You can watch them with your family and practice immediately together.

4 – You’ll get membership to an exclusive Facebook group with Robin and other puppy parents.

5 – And if you join Robin Bennett and her puppy, Ranger, in this online puppy raising course in the next two weeks, you’ll get free bonus items to help you with handling loose dogs in your neighborhood, keeping your dog safe at a dog park, and more!

*Bonus – the lessons are SO specific and thoughtful and meant to help you raise that puppy right!

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If you purchase the Raising Your Puppy Online Course in the next two weeks, you’ll receive THREE bonus items for free: 1) How to Handle Loose Dogs and Dog Fights pdf 2) Loose dogs and Dog fights checklist to use on walks, 3) Dog park safety mp3.

Link HERE, or click the photo below.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Robin Bennett. The opinions and text are all mine.

Happy Puppy Training!