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When the boys were younger, they were considered my double diaper duty boys, because they are two years and six days apart. Each had to be changed almost simultaneously and it made for a busy lifestyle while also having a daughter who is four years older than the first born boy. This was the time my children begged and pleaded for a dog, we decided that at that time there was no way, no how, I could have a dog.
Years later, when the boys were out of diapers and all were heading to be in school, I realized that having a dog would really help keep our family unit strong and possibly give the kids some entertainment. I have always loved the pug breed and knew that would be the perfect size dog for a 2, 4 and 9 year old; the ages of the kids at the time. After looking and looking for the right pug to adopt, meaning one that had decent health and wasn’t too overweight, we found our sweet Jenny the Pug. Jenny came to us at age five and was a joy to have added to the family unit.
I recall looking for the right pug, and let me tell you what those pugs all seem to be overweight these days so when someone sees our sweet Jenny the Pug they tend to think she is underfed. There is a rib that sticks out, being assured by the vet that this rib that is sticking out is completely normal for the pug breed, we explain that Jenny the pug is what a “healthy” pug is supposed to look like. Jenny the Pug is a healthy little girl who already knows we are her family. She is our forever dog and waiting to get a dog was the best family decision ever. Jenny responds to me when I call my daughter, sissy and the boy’s, brother. That may sound weird to some, but Jenny truly is like another child to me.
Having Jenny in our lives has been such a blessing; she is the sweetest, most well behaved dog in the world. Jenny the Pug has also become our pet vacuum cleaner, which is why I thrive to ensure she is eating healthier dog food and stays up to date with her vet visits. Having a dog in our home has helped the kids and I be more active, taking Jenny for walks or runs up and down the 300’ long driveway, all over the nearly six cleared acres on the property and bringing her along on car rides when we take walks through town makes for fun family memories.
The changes that I see in my home since bringing Jenny the Pug into our lives are amazing, the children have the responsibility of sharing feeding duty, letting her out to go pee, taking her for walks and much more. The kids and I work hand in hand to ensure that Jenny the Pug is living side by side with us in a healthy, active lifestyle and it is Jenny the Pug I can thank for making being active with the kids a more fun experience!
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I would love to hear how you all work hard to ensure your pet is living a healthy lifestyle and how your pet has changed your family life, please share in a comment below. I will have five $50 gift cards to give out randomly to those who share their story in the comments section below.