Whoever said dog is man's best friend has clearly never witnessed the incredible bond that can form between a child and their beloved canine. It's a time-honored tradition immortalized in children's literature, from Where The Red Fern Grows to Because of Winn-Dixie. Growing up with a dog teaches responsibility, patience, and compassion. It's a relationship that kids treasure, and it's one I didn't want mine to miss out on. As I've watched the two of them over the past three years, I've realized something: our family dog is literally my kid's BFF. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
When I was a little girl, we had two German Shepherd mixes. As a baby, my mom's dog, Nina, would let me pull to a stand using her tail. My sister and I both took our first walks around the backyard with a hand each on the backs of our giant pups. We had many more dogs growing up, but I didn't get one of my own until I was 30. I adopted my mini-Schnauzer, Sheriff, when I was living in Honduras and brought him home with me. He was 3 when my daughter was born, and he's loved her from the beginning. He's always been extremely tolerant of tail- and ear-pulling, as well as hugs and kisses. Now that she's bigger, though, they're a lot more interesting to each other as playmates.
Their connection is evident every time we pull into the driveway. She lights up when she sees him, exclaiming what a good boy he is, and they're off to play. If your child shares a special attachment to their pooch, these best friend moments will be delightfully familiar: