This is is Champ.
He gets a lot of flack here on this old bloggity blog for things such as eating our linoleum kitchen floor, eating socks, and rolling in dead things like baby birds and dead worms but we love him anyways.
After all, he is our first born.
We got Champ shortly after I injured my back in 2003. I was practically bedridden at the time and Shawn thought that it was a good idea to “buy me some company”. Little did we both know, that having a dog is a lot of work.
But totally worth it.
Champ is more than just a pet to us. He’s part of our family.
Whenever we plan on a family vacation, Champ is always included. We’ve been known to squish all of us, our luggage, a cage and his furry 85 pound rump into our vehicles.
And yes, we take him visiting even during the holidays.
Some people find it weird that we include Champ in so many things. Here is some fun facts for those people who think we are out of our minds:
According to the Dog Chow® Family Poll three-quarters of Canadian dog owners take their canine companions into account when making decisions about vacations, homes and car purchases. Even more, over half spend more time with their loved ones because they have a dog and the majority (85%) speak to their dogs like a full-fledged family member.
See, not so weird eh?
We also get a lot of questions as to whether Champ gets along with our son and I will tell you that he is absolutely amazing with him.
No matter how many times Chunky has tried to ride him like a pony or has tried to wrap him up like a baby in a million blankets, Champ has never retaliated.
Chunky and Champ are the best of friends.
Fact: It may come as no surprise that as a nation many of us (71%) describe the family dog as a playmate, with this number increasing slightly for those with kids (76%) (According to the Dog Chow® Family Poll ).
Are you thinking about adding a pet to your family?
If so, here are some tips from the expert:
Jill Priest, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer shares some easy tips to help Canadian families make the most out of their canine relationships:
1)Whether it’s the daily routine or special events, it’s clear that dogs play a variety of important roles that impact our lives
2)Leaders Not Littermates: Children should take on smaller tasks such as feeding, positive treat training and walking the dog to ensure the family dog understands his position in the pack
3)Consistency is Key: And when it comes to timing for feeding, exercise and discipline, getting on the same page as an entire family is a great way to bring everyone together and assign responsibilities.
The Dog Chow Family Day Prize Pack includes:
- A luxury dog bed – To provide a plush home for your pet
- Tasty bags of Purina Dog Chow – Provides a complete, healthy meal in every serving for a fun and energetic Family Day
- Dog-inspired picture frame – To display your Family Day memories
To enter the contest simply visit Losing it and share why dogs make the perfect addition to the family.
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