In 2009 Charles, Makenna and I went down to the humane society to “just look”. It wasn’t me I was worried about, it was my husband. He doesn’t just look when it comes to pets. He wants them all and I.. don’t.
We checked out all the cages till we found a group of 4 month old Lab-mix puppies. There they were, so cute, so small. 4 dogs in total – 3 girls and 1 boy. They were brother and sisters, dropped off because the owner’s dog had puppies and didn’t want to keep them. The boy had already been adopted so we had our choice of the 3 girls and after spending some time with them we knew we wanted Saydie (I chose her name). She had a gorgeous Brindle coat (her sisters were both jet black) and she was incredibly sweet to Makenna who was 3 at the time.
We knew a healthy and happy dog was out #1 concern when adopting a new dog so we made sure we got her shots, researched dog foods, ect. It wasn’t a cake walk but raising a puppy was great. Makenna loved to help take Saydie for walks, fill her food dish, and give her a bath. I wish I had the Puppy Love book that is available when you purchase any IAMS product because that would have been a great book to read to Makenna. IAMS also has these cute downloadable pages for kids.
Three years later, I am happy to report that because we chose the right dog food for Saydie and keep her shots up to date she is one healthy pet. Sometimes her food can be a little costly and we might be tempted to buy a store brand food but in the end nutrition is most important to us.
I think having a puppy in the house around a young child was great and I hope we can get another puppy while Kendall is still pretty young. I think puppies (or other animals in general) teach responsibility, love, and so many other great traits every child should have and grow up to have.
Saydie definitely isn’t a puppy anymore but she’s still OUR puppy.
Disclosure: I received product samples to facilitate my review. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.