Hey guys! Today’s blog post is all about Owen! Ever since I became a mom to my human kiddos I definitely feel like it’s harder to give Owen as much attention now that he has new siblings. But I honestly make an effort every day to sit and play with him and show him how much he is loved! So many people told me that my dog Owen would be less of a priority to me once I had kids – it’s honestly shocking how many people said that! The truth is, I love my FIRST fur baby just the same. I even care more about his wellbeing now that I have to share my attention with his new siblings.. So today on my blog I thought it would be a great idea to share three things Kevin and I have done to try making sure Owen remains a priority in our lives! And gets the attention he deserves! I also mentioned on my blog early this week that I am ditching the weight loss resolution this year and instead I’m focusing on accepting myself as I am by taking care of myself mentally and physically in 2019. So I feel like all of these things I am doing with Owen are helping me do just that! I hope they help some of you too! And I want to be upfront that this post has been graciously sponsored by Kibbles ‘n Bits! I received product and compensation, but all opinions are mine!
So here’s what we’ve been doing with Owen…
This might sound like a totally obvious idea, but go on family walks! The reason it seems obvious is because it’s one of the easiest and best things you can do for everyone in your family. Owen absolutely loves going on walks just like any other dog out there. He’s even figured out that when we spell the word W-A-L-K, it means he’s going out on walk. Ha! He’s one smart cookie!
And he’s not the only one that likes going on walks, our daughter Molly loves it too! She’s always begging to go outside no matter what time of day it is! She’ll come in from a full day at the park and still want to go on a walk. This girl loves being outside.
And our infant Riley also benefits from being outside. Towards the later part of the day, around 5 PM, he starts getting really fussy. I think he’s just tired and getting ready to go to bed around 6/6:30. So to keep him from getting too fussy, putting him in the baby carrier and taking him outside really helps! So, as you can see, going on a walk not only for benefits our poochie, but it’s also great for our kids!
And what parent out there has time to exercise by themselves these days?! Or at least exercise as much as you want to. So a family walk benefits everyone because everybody gets out and gets some exercise. And exercise is so important for my mental well being. When my body moves, I just feel better. It changes my entire day. And I honestly think Owen’s very favorite part of the day is when we go on our family walks, too. He gets a morning walk and evening walk before bed as well. But the family walks when we’re all together are definitely his favorite.
Get the Kids involved
One way we’ve been able to continue to give Owen love and attention is by getting Molly involved with the things we do with him. As I just mentioned, we go on family walks a lot. But we also have made it Molly‘s responsibility to feed him to get her move involved in his everyday care. So now she feels like he’s her responsibility and therefore, she wants to be around him all the time! One of the things she does every morning is give him his food. It’s so cute! I have this scoop that we use to measure out his food and I’ll fill it up and hand it to her. Then she’ll walk ever so slowly and carefully over to his bowl to put the food in making sure not to drop one piece! She takes this job very seriously! Ha!
At first, she wasn’t super into feeding him because she would put food in his bowl and he wouldn’t touch it. Owen has always been super particular about his food and really picky! So I think it would feel disheartening to Molly when she would try to feed him and he would walk away. Bless her little heart! But now that we give him Kibbles n Bits, he’s so much more excited to eat it and Molly gets the gratification of seeing him enthusiastically eat the food she just put in his bowl. Plus, it gives him 100 % nutrition and a balanced diet for a grown poochie (yes, we call him poochie!) – which works for me! Btw – he eats and loves the Bacon and Steak flavor.
Take a Nap Together
As I get older, I am realizing how much a nap can totally change my day. And as parents to human children, it’s hard to find time for yourself never mind set aside extra special time for your fur baby. So by taking a nap together you really kill two birds with one stone! I remember before we had kids, Owen and I would snuggle up on the couch or in bed for hours on Sunday afternoons. After kids, I really missed that! I remember random times during the day when I got a moment to sit on the couch and Owen would come snuggle up by my legs and it would give me such a feeling of nostalgia. It made me sad that we didn’t do that anymore.
So now, I’ve started making time for myself to take a nap once every week or two. Kevin will take the kids and I’ll grab Owen and head upstairs to take a mid-afternoon nap. I know it means a lot to Owen! And honestly it means a lot to me too! Getting the exercise he needs is important, but giving him the love and affection he deserves is just as important! And you get a MUCH needed nap as a parent to kiddos! Ha!
Well that’s all I have for now. I hope all you pet parents out there find this helpful to connect more with your fur baby and as a bonus, feed your soul – even on the days when you are stretched thin. In 2019, I am already on my way to a happier, healthier me and I think Owen is too! How do you stay connected with your poochie? Any other tips for me? I always want Owen to know he is part of the family and so so so loved!