This post is sponsored by Baxter’s
I can’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t had a pet. From the time I was a baby, our family has always had animals. Dogs, cats, fish, birds, we’ve had them all. It’s just weird to think of our home being without an animal.
I knew that when we had kids, they would always have pets.
Kids with pets are less likely to have asthma and allergies; they’re more likely to have higher self-esteem, cognitive development and social skills; they’re less likely to be lonely. Pets are amazing at calming hyperactive kids and they encourage kids to get outside and get moving, meaning they’re less likely to be overweight.
We have a cat but she wants nothing to do with our kids. As Thud grew and Pop arrived, I started to feel all those wonderful benefits of kids having pets slipping away from us. I may have read one too many articles about child psychopaths and felt an overwhelming desire to force ALL the animals on my children so they could learn some empathy and respect for our four legged friends.
But, just as all hope was lost, my parents moved to Canberra – just down the road from us – with their little dogs and suddenly my kids had two furry best friends to smother with all their previously unrequited love and attention.
We see them almost every day and the kids have never been happier.
Some of Pop’s first words were around finding and giving food to the dogs. No matter how often we told her they didn’t want to eat Arrowroot biscuits (ok, they totally did want to eat arrowroot biscuits).
Apart from the fun bits, we love letting the kids take some responsibility for the dogs. It makes them feel important and teaches them empathy.
Thud adores taking the dogs for runs in the park. His anxiety is nowhere to be seen when he has those pups by his side. They’re built in friends and protectors.
The kids also love feeding the dogs and the routine of getting out their plates and dragging the food out of the pantry is one of their favourite things to do. I can see them learning and understanding what it is to care for someone other than themselves. Thud knows when it’s time to feed the dogs and will tell us when the dogs look hungry.
He’s learnt that animals have feelings and needs just like humans. Thud’s an anxious little kid but his exposure to the dogs means he has no fear of animals. I wonder how he’d be if they hadn’t been in his life.
Thud and Pop both dished out some Baxter’s wet and dry food for Banjo and Billy recently and the dogs loved it. We also handed out some Dental Sticks because their breath is not adorable and thankfully they loved them.
Feeding the dogs has become their little ritual and we know the dogs secretly love all the fuss and attention.
Baxter’s Dog Food is available exclusively at Woolworths.
Its range of wet food and dry food is nutritionally complete with no artificial colours or flavours and will aid digestion, bolster the immune system and ensure strong healthy bones.
The treats and chews are delicious and help to clean teeth and gums so you can do something about that dog breath.
Don’t forget that when you are switching your dog’s diet, it’s important to transition feed, gradually introducing the food over three to 10 days to ensure it doesn’t upset their sensitive tummy.
Pop some into your next online order so you don’t have to lug that bag of dry food up the stairs!