Thursday, 13 October 2016

Where would we be without our pets?

When children get older its well worth having a dog so someone is enthusiastic to see you when you get home... its hard to feel down when your greeted by a happy wagging tail. Whereas for my eldest now I am "embarrassing mum" - not allowed to show too much affection or draw attention to myself, probably would be best if I blended in to the background completely as I am not too sick or swag or whatever the hip word is these days!  A dog does not have such complicated needs like everyone else in the family, given some exercise, food and fuss they are content whereas its a complicated formula getting hubbie to crack a smile when he is stressed from work or to cheer up the boys when they are overtired and grumpy after school. So hooray for Summer always wanting to see me, bounding up for a cuddle and some fuss, she doesn't even mind being dusted by the boys...

FRONTLINE carried out some research about pets and their owners and found that 3 in 10 talk to their pets about their life problems, I don't know if I go that far but I do definitely get a lot of comfort from snuggling up on the sofa with my pooch.  40% of pet owners think their pets are more intelligent than their friends - Summer does appear to follow commands better than my husband anyway!

That's not to say she isn't without her flaws, she can be a bit embarrassing at times, she really does not like other dogs - to the point even dog shaped things get her worked up!  She has lost it in front of the TV before because a dog ornament from a valuation show dared appear in our living room.  It does make watching TV harder than normal, anything dog related, horses, shifty people in hoodies... she will charge at the TV barking animatedly.  We had to put her in another room to watch the Beethoven film as their was no getting past the giant St Bernard. 

It does sound like its only me though FRONTLINE found half of dog owners are a bit embarrassed by their behaviour, from being noisy (33%), eating someone's food (27%), making a mess when you have guests (21%), getting amorous with someone's leg (16%) and getting fleas or ticks (15%).  Some of the problems they tend to outgrow, they become better trained (less likely to chew up the shoes or leave a puddle for you to clear up!) - although she is still happy to destroy toys in search of squeakers!

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If you get them neutered or spayed then they don't tend to get frisky with legs (or cushions or cuddly toys!).  But with fleas and ticks it’s important to have a treatment plan in place to keep them at bay!  The last thing you want a visiting guest to see is a flea doing the long jump on the sofa they had just sat on.  Once you have fleas in your house its hard to keep on top off, flea's breed so fast a female can have 600 offspring in one month, you don't want your guests leaving with their legs covered in bites!    

Treat your dog every 4 weeks with FRONTLINE® Plus to help protect them (and in turn your home) from fleas and ticks.  Seeing as we are a nation of pet lovers, we need to show our dogs the same consideration and love they show us, fleabites are very itchy for our pets and not a pleasant experience, they can be constantly scratching and the bites can get sore and infected.   Double action’ FRONTLINE® Plus not only kills fleas and ticks on the pet, it also contains an active ingredient that stops flea eggs from hatching so you can get on top of the problem much quicker.

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  1. Oh my goodness, she sounds like an utterly loveable handful!
    I love dogs, but they are a big commitment aren't they? I do chat to the cats when it's just us at home - they are good company and don't ever argue with me ;)

  2. What a gorgeous pooch. We've got a dog; an ageing bull terrier cross who I describe as my first baby. He's such an important part of the family and now that he's 13, we're dreading the day that we have to say goodbye to him. He's been a best friend to both of my non-fur-babies, as well as a constant companion to my Husband and I and I think adopting him was genuinely of of the best things we've ever done.

  3. I wish I could be as good as you and get a little dog for my girls. Maybe when they grow up a little bit...

  4. She is so gorgeous. We would love a pet but a dog is impractical as we are all out for most of the day and my husband is terrified of cats.

  5. Pets are amazing aren't they? They are part of the family and they help destress us too xx

  6. Aaaw she's so cute. I couldn't be without my dog - he's my little shadow when I'm at home x

  7. She is just adorable. I LOVE Alvin and could never be without him

  8. Just gorgeous. We lost our cats this year and sadly won't be getting more pets are they are too tying. Are looking after our friends bunnies for half term though