I have a small, white, fluffy shadow that follows me from room to room each day. He’s roughly ten pounds and defined by a wagging tail, a comic underbite, a deep desire to sleep the day away and a compulsion to beg for ‘people food’.
He’s stealth. Unless he’s dreaming, or catches a glimpse of another dog strolling by…he’s silent.
Meet Shortstop….the only four-legged member of our family, but a constant source of companionship and happy.
Find the Right Dog For You: Questions to Ask
- Are you a big or small dog family?
- How much time do you spend at home?
- Do you need a breed that doesn’t shed?
- Are you active? (like to hike, run, explore?) Or are you looking for a pet to stroll quietly in the evening?
- Do you need a breed known to be gentle/tolerant of small children?
And once you decide on the dog for your family – there is the task of readying your home.
Home Readiness for Your Dog
- Choose a Veterinarian – This professional will help you to understand your pet’s needs – especially if you find yourself concerned.
- Prepare the family – Talk to your children about the best ways to engage (tackling isn’t the best option).
- Divide and Conquer – Who will be responsible for feeding? For house-training? For walking your new friend?
- Pro-tip: Winter is a tough time to house-train your new addition – especially if you live in areas prone to ice and snow. (This was a learned experience for us.)
As you may know, a good part of Royal Canin’s mission is to honor and celebrate the bond that exists between a family and their four-legged friend.
We began our day with Shortstop’s TV debut on KSDK-TV.
I suggest you keep an eye on the Gateway Arch calendar for next year. ArchBark St. Louis is an event you and your pup will want to have circled.
Disclosure: I’m happy to have partnered with Royal Canin, not only to share these tips with you, but to encourage you to celebrate the bond with your favorite dog or puppy.