In honor of my soon-to-be-nine year old (we're busy prepping for a big birthday this weekend), here are a few interesting facts about her and about the new dog she loves.
- They're both super smart. They pick up things very quickly, which can keep a mama on her toes.
- They both need lots of fresh air and exercise. The dog gets two one-mile walks each day, plus lots of rigorous play time. My daughter gets lots of free range time outside (like all kids should), but she's also been more amiable since she started taking that evening walk with us.
- They both need jobs. Being smart cookies means they need lots to keep them busy, but play isn't enough. Having meaningful jobs . . . real work . . . makes them both feel like productive members of the family.
- They both make noise for the sake of making noise. He's a barker. She's a whistler/hummer/singer/tapper/sleep-talker. Did I mention I have noise sensitivities?
- They both want to be close . . . but not too close. They don't like to be alone, but snuggling is usually out. Sitting nearby on the couch is typically close enough.
- They both dislike Mom and Dad watching football. Game day inspires barking. From both.
- They both enjoy a good picnic.