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Nobody puts Baby in a corner: talking about your four-legged baby

Back-to-School Time and Your Pet

I never pass up an opportunity to make a Dirty Dancing reference. 🙂
(Google it if I’ve lost you already!)

With back-to-school season, I thought for sure my pups, and any animals that live in homes with small children, would be prancing up and down the halls howling, “Ding dong the kids are gone!”

But, it turns out, according to some people I would consider experts, your four-legged family member may miss your two-legged tail pullers more than you might think. When the children’s sleepy routine of rolling out of bed at a leisurely pace, wrestling with the puppy – and insisting on, “No bites!” after THEY get him excited, and sitting down for breakfast (perhaps still in PJs, perhaps clothed) turns into one that includes an alarm, throwing on the cutest clean outfit to be found, a quick breakfast, even quicker brushing of teeth and then jetting out the door, your pet is left wondering where their playmates have gone.  How’s that for a run-on sentence?!

I found a great article that offers some really cool tips for making sure your animals aren’t forgotten in the back-to-school bustle.   Check it out!

http://www.animalleague.org/expert-advice/health/articles/seasonal/back-to-school.html

I love the idea of making sure the little ones are involved in the care of their pets. It’s a wonderful way to teach your children the importance of being compassionate when it comes to animals, and it reminds your dogs, cats and other creatures in the household that they are still an important and treasured part of the family.

Now if they could just help with homework.  🙂

(Would love to hear how your family keeps your pet active and part of the family festivities!)

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6 thoughts on “Nobody puts Baby in a corner: talking about your four-legged baby

  1. It’s easy to forget that pets have personalities, emotions and feelings just like us humans. Dogs have been known to grieve terribly when separated from their human family members.

    • Good point, Rick. As the owners of a dog with severe separation anxiety, we are very familiar with that. Thanks for joining the conversation.

  2. Although we don’t currently have four-legged friends in our everyday lives, I grew up surrounded by animals and my fondest memories in life were my moments with them. In the scenario you present, I would imagine the instant their child/children return from, school/activities to be a defining moment for a pet. An opportunity to wipe clean all the sadness and relative isolation they felt while the kids were gone. A nice, long daily reunion seems like a great way to set the tone for a special evening of togetherness again. Thank you, Rebecca for being such an incredible advocate for animals.

    • I agree, Adrianna! And no matter what kind of a day you’ve had, coming home to a pet means coming home to unconditional love. 🙂

  3. This is a great article to keep in mind as my little one gets older. We already have to remind ourselves to keep the pup involved with all the changes of having a new baby in the house.

    Also, a dirty dancing reference is always in good taste! 🙂

  4. And there are so many changes, Courteney! I know our dog Jeffrey got very excited when we started getting out the jog stroller b/c it meant baby was content (usually) and Jeffrey got to RUN. 🙂

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