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Dogs That Are Good For Kids

Kids and Dogs

It’s that time of year again and our grandkids have come to stay for Christmas. The biggest question that my wife and I ask each other is how do we keep them entertained for the next couple of weeks without being told that they are bored and what can they do now? Aged between 8 and 11 years old these high energy little humans operate at supersonic speed from very early morning to (if allowed to get away with it} late at night.

Even while watching TV (encouraged to try and calm them down) there is this restless energy that seems to vibrate around the room and builds up into an explosion of fierce action where these fearless kids are forced to fight off imaginary invaders who seem to be attacking them from all corners of the room. Some of our smaller items of furniture and most of our cushions are transformed into ultimate attack and defensive weapons which are used with such ferocity that it is only because of their superior design and quality that prevent them from being destroyed in their first skirmish.

Like in real adult life, once the enemy is wiped out and it seems real peace and calm has been re-established, suddenly and for no apparent reason, our tight knit group who moments ago stood back to back in mortal combat defending each other to the death are now trying to rip out each other’s hearts.

Since last Xmas I have not been idle and have been busy observing the interaction between kids and dogs. I noticed that once kids get over their fear of handling friendly dogs and are fearlessly able to remove a ball or stick from their toothy mouths, then the amount of energy that is released by all of them at play, could light up a theme park. This is good I thought.

The size, shape or color of the dog makes little difference because once they have ‘connected’ their love and friendship is blind to all else.

We have been traveling for quite some time and therefore have not had any pets and my wife who strongly believes in the theory that people without pets are boring, would often complain that we to fall in this category. So we decided it was time to re-energise our lives and went and bought a toy poodle named Fudge. This seemingly innocent act unexpectedly enforced a new discipline in our lives because our new addition needed plenty of obedience and potty training. Daily walks became the order of the day and since we had allowed ourselves to ‘slow down’ these initial walks seemed quite long to us but our puppy remained full of energy. Within a short while though we got fitter and with the help of Fudge revving us up, found ourselves looking forward to ‘walkies’ time and can now give Fudge a good work out.

By the time the kids arrived for their annual visit Fudge was eight months old and reasonably trained. On our walks we encouraged her to socialize with other dogs and children that wanted to play with her. This interaction has helped her to become a friendly loving pet and our grandkids whole heartedly accepted her as being part of the family.

I can already foresee that this Xmas is going to be a walk in the park. The dog is the centre of the children’s attention as they play tirelessly together hour after hour, day in and day out. With out doubt Fudge is our ultimate weapon in keeping the kids fully occupied and when they do finally come inside to rest, it is to have a break from ‘the dog’. Now if I ask them to do something they are too tired to argue and quietly do the task.

Of course this is all about entertaining the grandkids but I do at times wonder how Fudge will cope once they have gone home and she has to settle for a quieter life. I have no doubt she will be very disappointed and be counting the days until once again that delightful wave of pandemonium arrives at our door. In the meantime “go Fudge, go”


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They were great mates until teddy fell apart.

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