There are many benefits to having a pet. People who have pets suffer less from depression and are less likely to have anxiety. Studies have even shown that having a pet is good for the heart and can lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. Recent information is even now showing having a pet can lessen risks of having allergies and asthma in children.
I grew up with dogs. I have always had dachshunds in my house. As a parent, I believe that having a pet can help teach responsibility. My son will often help feed the dogs. He has been known to tell me when their bowl is empty and lead me to the food container to get more “kibbles” (the word he uses for their food.)
I don’t need help!
Having three dachshunds in our house can make changing a diaper a challenge. My dogs Emmy Lou, Maggie Moo and Bridget Boo will follow me around and have been known to “try” to help. They believe Xander is part of their pack and have adopted him as a full member.
Xander loves having dogs (his three sisters…he is an only child after all.) I find it funny that most children that have siblings learn to tattle on his other for various things. I always thought because we had only one child we wouldn’t have this issue. I can now admit I was wrong.
Me: Alright, Xan I need to change your diaper. (looking at Xander’s diaper and notice it is full)
Xan: Alrightttttt (said with much anguish in his voice)
Dachshunds: Grrrrr (all running back and forth around the floor chasing each other)
Me: Get on the couch, please. (I set the clean diaper unfolded on the floor)
Xan: DADA! DADA!! Emmy stepped on it!!! (yes, he is calling me dada still…. see Change is Inevitable)
Dachshunds: (Emmy is on the floor trying to help me. She is walking back and forth)
Me: Emmy stepped on what? (I have no idea what Emmy stepped on)
Xan: Emmy!!! Stepped on diaper! (Has a horrified expression)
Me: Emmy stepped on your diaper? (look down and see Emmy is next to the clean diaper and “might” have stepped on it)
Xan: UNUHHHH!!!! IT DIRTY NOW!!! NO CLEAN!!!!! (yelling at me and nodding head yes rapidly)
Me: Xan, I think the diaper is okay.(show Xan clean diaper that is still not open)
Can we help?
Xan: NO! NO! IT DIRTY!!! (very adamant that this diaper is dirty)
Me: Okay, Xan its dirty then. I will get another one (sometimes it is just better to admit defeat quickly)
Xan: Ahhhhh….that better!!!! (gives Emmy a dirty look)
Me: (deep sigh out loud)
Xan: Diaper mine Emmy!!! No diaper Emmy!!! (gives Emmy a raspberry)
I always knew that having three dogs could be challenging. They often fight with each other to see who can get the most attention from me. I never thought that my son would decide to join their pack and become part of their sibling rivalry.
1 point Xander for being the top dog, 0 points dogs for being demoted as top dogs, 0 points dada/daddy for being in the middle of sibling rivalry.