My Dog is Family
My desire is to develop a community of people who love their dogs so much that they consider them as family. So the question that I asked myself was:
"What makes Dino family?"
So I sat down quietly to answer the question. I came up with this list and it is not in any particular order.
- I refer to my dog by his name only. He is Dino, not the dog. I do not like for him to be referred to as "the dog".
- We intentionally go to a pet supply department or businesses for the things that Dino needs. My husband is most likely to do this.
- When buying dog food, we read through the ingredients and benefits to make sure the food is good for him. This is my husband again. I often joke and say that Dino has more in quantity and better in quality of food than we do!
- I talk and hug on him. I especially love to hug on him and talk with him at the end of the day when I finally sit down to relax. I find this very relaxing.
- When making decisions regarding our home, we consider how Dino will be affected by the changes. Will Dino be comfortable if I put this here? Will this item pose any danger to Dino? Will Dino be able to get into this? Is this something that Dino should be around? When looking for a house, is the layout a good environment for Dino? Will he be comfortable? Will he be safe?
- I am protective of him if someone, another dog or animal may cause him harm. In an earlier post, I told the story of when I first realized that I loved Dino, since I never before considered myself to be a dog person.
- Not only are we concerned of his physical needs but also of his overall wellbeing. I often ask him if he is okay. Asking about his emotional being. Love to see him wag his tail and dance in excitement. Love looking into his sweet loving eyes.
- His medical needs are part of our household budget (his check-ups, flea treatments, and shots). Fortunately, Dino is a very healthy dog but we do have to keep an eye on his weight so we make sure he doesn't overeat.
- I love to snuggle up with him and he loves to snuggle up with me.
- If Dino is not feeling well, I worry about him. I constantly check on him to make sure he is okay As long as he is not feeling well, I have trouble sleeping. If he is not sleeping well, neither am I.
- If he does something that I do not like, yes, I am angry at him but I get over it. My anger does not stay long. You know your dog is family because you can't imagine life without him. Although dogs' lives are shorter than humans typically and we know that he won't be around forever, you just can't bear to even think about something happening to him. I have not experienced the loss of a dear pet (Oh, we have lost plenty fish, but it is not the same). I just hate to think about it and I really hate to think how it would deeply hurt my husband. That is because Dino is more than the family dog, HE IS FAMILY.
- What makes your dog(s) family? Please join in to share your answers. We love our dogs and they are dear to us.
- "The righteous care for the needs of their animals..." Proverbs 12:10
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