Life with Dexter

We’ve had Dexter for almost two months now. And even though it took me a while before agreeing to having a dog in the house, I must admit that I’m glad we have one now. For one thing, it’s teaching my girls responsibility. For example, Mica wakes up early in the morning to take Dexter out in the yard. She also takes care of feeding Dexter and making sure he has fresh water all the time. Rinoa helps train Dexter with simple commands and makes sure he doesn’t pee in the house since he’s not completely potty-trained yet.

Dexter resting on my lap.

Dexter is just so full of personality that it’s really hard not to love him – even though he chewed and destroyed my living room rug yesterday. {Grrr!} He’s definitely a part of our family. And as you can see, he loves to cuddle! He would rest his head on one of our laps and just fall asleep that way.

A cozy resting place.
Another cozy resting place.
Not quite asleep yet.

For those torn between pleasing your kids with a pet puppy and not liking the idea of added responsibility, I say give it a go. You’d be surprised at how much it completes the family. Of course, you’d have to give up the idea of maintaining a picture perfect house but, if you have kids, then that ship has sailed a long time ago. {wink}

Con mucho amor,

13 replies on “Life with Dexter”

So sweet! My parents and my sister have Boston Terriers…and I am a crazy cat lady (six!) with one dog…pets really do add something to your life, good things along with all that responsibility…

He’s darn cute! I recommend getting him a Kong at your pet store and filling it with something yummy-kibbles or treats or part of a mashed banana or PB or low fat cream cheese and using that when you see him going for something you don’t want him to chew on.

The Kong is Indy’s favourite thing. Sometimes dogs chew because they are teething. Sometimes it’s a comfort thing and sometimes just to play because they are bored. We got Indy his first Kong when he came home with us and it’s the best thing I ever gave him.

You can put it in the dishwasher to clean it, you can freeze stuff in it to make it last longer (they have recipes on their website) and it’s extremely durable. It comes in all sizes so you can get the one that suits the size and age of your dog.

They also have a WONDERFUL like of toys. I only buy Kong toys because they are the only ones that stand up to the chewing capabilities of a LAb. Luckily, ours doesn’t chew stuff he souldn’t EVER. (THank the heavens!)

He actually has a kong since several friends highly recommended it. We put some treats in mixed with peanut butter. Didn’t know about the freezer and dishwasher though. I’m guessing he’ll like the frozen kong. Will have to try that soon.

Dexter is adorable! We’ve been debating on getting a puppy for quite a while. You are right about the picture perfect house ship having already set sail with kids around. What’s one more mess maker, right? Maybe soon.

I think I would have been a lot happier as a child if I had been allowed to have a dog. My mother gets hysterical if there is dog hair anywhere in her vicinity. I now have 3 dogs to make up for my childhood void. They drive me crazy (all in different ways) but I wouldn’t part with a ‘one of them.

Look at all the great photo ops you have now! He is sooooo adorable.

So cute!! Would love to have a dog but it isn’t possible with our lifestyle. We always had a dog when I was growing up. Thanks also for visiting my blog. I am having a hard time figuring out how to reply to comments. I feel like I have come a long way with all of this technology but than I get stuck.

He’s such a cutie…I would love to have a dog just like him, but am having a hard time convincing my hubby. I think it is so good for kids to grow up with pets…it teaches them so much! (Wish my hubby had had a dog as a kid…I’m sure he’d say yes to a pup if he had had that experience!)

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