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I have been a dog owner for almost five years now.  We adopted Ginger, a labradoodle, when she was just over a year old. Being a first time dog owners, we had a lot to learn about our new family member.

I'll admit that the first year I saw Ginger as just another member of our family that needed to be taken care of. She had to be fed, bathed, walked and loved. But over the last four years, Ginger has become my constant companion. I work from home and she's the best “co-worker” I could ask for.

 

Owning a dog is a transforming experience in both practical and emotional ways.

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Three Ways Owning a Dog Will Transform Your Life

Dogs Will Teach You About Yourself: Having a dog is a lot like having a kid – they teach you a lot about yourself. I never thought I was impatient until we had kids. So I've learned to be more patient. Ginger has taught me to learn to enjoy the small things in life. We stop to smell the flowers and every single bush on our walks. I've learned to slow down and enjoy the beauty around me thanks to her.

Dogs Will Help You Overcome: I used to have a very bad habit of not hanging up my clothes at the end of the day. I was usually so tired that I'd just toss them in a pile on the floor of my closet.  Needless to say, my husband was not thrilled with this behavior. But I kept on doing it until we got Ginger because she loves to find dirty clothing and chew on them. Not only were my clothes getting ruined, but the clothes were a danger to Ginger if she ingested any. I was immediately cured of this bad clothing habit and now clothes are put back on hangers at the end of the day.

Dogs Will Show You Unconditional Love: There is a reason that dogs are called man's best friend. While my husband or kids are not always in the best mood at the end of a long day, Ginger is always happy to see everyone. I spend two days out of the house and there is nothing better than coming home to her smile and love.

She's my best friend. It's magical.

Check out this amazing video on dogs helping people with physical disabilities and special needs from Milk-Bone and Canine Assist: 

Dogs never do anything halfway. They are all in for life! Milk-Bone® is also all in for dogs by making treats that do more, just like our furry friends. Milk-Bone's 20th anniversary is this year and they have partnered with Canine Assists to celebrate. Canine Assists is a non-profit that trains and provides dogs to people with physical disabilities and special needs.  What better treat is there than putting together a dog and an owner for a lifetime of memories!

 

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