By: Jennifer Murray

The Dog Days of Summer

We’re fully enjoying the Dog Days of Summer the last few weeks. What’s the BEST way to enjoy the benefits of a dog without the full-time responsibility? Have awesome dog-neighbors and family!

Currently we’re all falling hard for this Mini-Golden Doodle puppy, Jada. We’re watching her just for today while our neighbors are out. She’s on a 3 hour rotation similar to what our newborns were on when they came home from the hospital, but she makes you absolutely MELT. We have a bad case of Puppy Love.

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And then there’s our next door doggie, Bugsy, who we get to take on walks occasionally and visit with – she’s just an all-around happy dog!

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We also just finished reading Shiloh aloud, which added to our dog days. It’s a really great read if you’re looking for a good family read-aloud.

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And then there’s our favorite pup, Macy, who we’ve shared on here before. This dog is the easiest dog to take care of and has pushed us to the dog-owner edge a few times.

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If only they didn’t do their whole doggy-doo-doo thing! Dog-Gone-It! For now we’ll leaving the full-time scooping to our dog owning peeps.

How about YOU ALL?  Are you dog owners? What do you have? What made YOU decide it was time for your family? Any regrets? 

7 Responses to “The Dog Days of Summer”

  1. Angie S.
    July 22, 2015 at 3:05 am #

    I held out for the longest time, always having some excuse to veto overwhelming vote to get a dog. At the end of last summer, I’d finally run out of all viable excuses and we started looking to adopt a puppy. We got Gus, a lab/pit/boxer mix last August, and he is just the best addition to our family we could ever ask for. Yes, he’s destroyed more shoes than I care to think about. Yes, there were lots of messes in the beginning. Yes, he did eat a $20 bill once. But he brings us so much joy, makes me feel safe, gives the kids a perpetual playmate, and gets me moving every day. I am really glad we waited, though. Our kids are 7 and 13, and they are very aware of the responsibilities pet ownership brings. They walk him, feed him, brush him, play with him and pick up his poop. Sounds like you guys have plenty of puppy love to go around even if you don’t get a dog of your own, though!
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  2. Denise
    July 22, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    We had two Yorkies that we got at six weeks of age, two years apart. One lived 16 years and the other 14 years. They had opposite personalities, one was loving and the other not so much but we loved them dearly. We had them cremated when they passed. I said NO MORE dogs. Well, on 2/19/15 my husband came home from work with a Yorkie that he got from a co-worker that had not been treated well. We had to have her shaved and work on prior bad behaviors. She turned 2 on 4/24, which was our 39th anniversary. She has stolen our heart and we love her dearly. I am much older now (60) than when we had our other two and have less patience but she has taught me to have more. My husband and I both have spoiled her rotten. She weighs about 6 pounds. Our other two weighed 5 and 7 pounds.

  3. Crystal
    July 22, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    Our black lab Klaus (named for the sound man on Home Improvement) has been with us for almost 10 years, and in that time, has run over 10,000 miles with me. I’ll never be able to replace him!
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  4. Sherri (HoundDogMom)
    July 23, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    All adorable pups for sure and so glad your family gets to ensure these wonderful creatures that GOD created. Of course you know me I am the Mom to four beautiful Basset Hounds. We have Winston (8); Bella (5); Rosie (6) and then a new puppy Shelby (5 mos). The three girls are all from Basset Rescue and our male we purchased from great breeders. I call him my internet baby. Our house is full of dog slime, dog hair, doggie toys everywhere and oh my we do have the doggie poo. Thank goodness for a great husband in that arena.

    Can’t believe how big the boys are getting, enjoy the remaining summer and have an awesome day.

    Sherri (HoundDogMom)
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  5. Covington Grandma
    July 23, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Love all of these dog & quad pictures and glad you have the opportunity to help care for these pets and give the boys experience in responsibilities.

  6. Cheryl Wms
    July 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    Poodles are the BEST! They are so easy to train and make a perfect family dog!

  7. ohAmanda
    July 29, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Nooo! Don’t do it!!! #puppygeddon is no joke, Jen.
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