4 Reasons My Toddler Needs a Dog

October 15, 2014 4:49 PM

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It's hard to live next to a dog park. It's especially hard to live next to one when you have a toddler that is fascinated by dogs (or as now referred to as "doggies" whenever I see one!). All those different breeds running around, chasing balls, playing with their owners and each other. Seriously, it's like I am watching a pet food commercial every day! And my son loves it! He goes right up to them -- whatever their size -- and pets them. Sometimes he even kisses them. (Of course, I check with the owner before I let him approach the dog.) He enjoys spending time at the park, and runs in that direction nearly every time I take him outside.

Lately, I've been thinking about getting him a dog of his own. I grew up with a Labrador retriever, who definitely was considered part of our family. Surprisingly, several friends have been discouraging me from getting a dog. "He's too young for one." "He's too little for a dog." "You're too urban."...

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