How Do You Honor Your Four Legged Family Members?

GIrl Walking Dog
Spring has finally arrived in Michigan with temperatures reaching into the low 80’s on the sunniest of days. My family has caught spring fever something feirce. We just want to spend our days playing outside, doing yard work, barbecuing and fully taking advantage of our little house on the lake. We live in a fairly quiet neighborhood. In fact, only a handful of residents live on our lack year round. The rest are summer residents. Which makes spring an ideal time for family bike rides or evening walks around the 3 mile lake. 

GIrl Walking Dog 1
Now that my daughter is 4 and “can run really super fast” she has been accompanying me on my evening walk. Being four also means that she gets to walk her dog – and best friend – Zoey.  It’s in these 30 minutes that brings out the qualities I love most in both of them. Through Maddilyn shines joyous optimism and a creative interest in all things happening the world around. Her faithful companion is along side her each step of the way. And I realize I could not have chosen a better companion for my daughter.

“The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher

No matter how many tugs of the leash, ridiculous adorable dress up outfits and forced tea parties her patience is inexhaustable. How do I pay her back for her frienship, playfulness and constant gaurdianship? How do I pay her back for teaching my daughter the value of adventure, loyalty and unconditional love?

Because Dogs Are Love. 
Dogs are Unconditional Love.
Totally, Irrevocably Loyal Love.
Over-The-Moon-I’m-So-Glad-You’re-Home-Love.
Run, Fetch, Catch Love.
Completely In Your Space Love.
I Think Your The Best Human On Earth Love.
Tail-Wagging, Just Want To Be With You Love.

 Dog Boxer The truth is, we’re her entire world and there is no way to pay someone back for that. But we can ensure that she has a good life. We spoil her with her favorite things like a good bone, a comfortable bed like her Classic Pet Bed from Tall Tails, to rest her head after a long day of adventure, and a good belly scratch. We can also keep her healthy with regularly exercise,  vet check ups, nutritional food and clean drinking water. And lastly, we give her what all family pets deserve: a comfortable, safe place with a family who loves her. 

The Giveaway

One lucky winner will win one Tall Tails Classic Pet Bed (valued up to $38.99).

How to Enter to Win

Step#1: Please answer in the blog comments section below: How do you honor your pet?

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A big thank you to Tall Tails for sending us a classic pet bed for review. All opinions remain my own.

71 thoughts on “How Do You Honor Your Four Legged Family Members?”

  1. I honor my pet by taking really good care of him. We go for walks, car rides, and he gets really good health care.

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  2. We honor our dogs by bringing them into our family. We take care of them like part of the family, because they are.

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  3. We honor our pets by always making sure they are healthy by getting their shots and also giving them all the love in the world.

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  4. Our pets are part of the family. The cat sleeps in the bed with me, the dogs get their own spaces with pillows and blankets. We are always giving them treats and pampering them.

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  5. How do I honor her??? Unsure, I just love her and not a day goes by that I don’t thank God that she has been in my life for this 12 years.

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  6. I honor my pets by showering them with unconditional love that they deserve. I also make sure they are always well taken care of and always know how much I love them.

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  7. I honor my pet like he’s our sibling. He gets treated how we treat others. He is very special, one of a kind.

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  8. My pet, Sophie, is the joy of our life. The children are grown and have moved out, and she is what we give all our attention to. I always buy different collars for the different seasons, or for when my favorite basketball team is playing, and for different holidays. And, yes, I know, she is spoiled!

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  9. Shhh, please don’t tell Layla she is not a person. LOL She is a regular member of the family and we love to go to walks together so that she can run off some energy – I walk normal and she runs back and forth on 16 foot leash – LOL

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  10. I honor my 2 14 year old dogs by donating to the yavapai humane society thrift store,money goes back to the shelter

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  11. I honor my pets by pampering them. They are treated just like one of our kids. They are very special to us.

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  12. We honor our fur kids by vowing never to buy, only rescue. Always train, because expectations and patience must be learned. Speak softly and love hard.

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  13. i honor her by always taking care of the things she needs and going over and behind things for her i love my dog

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  14. Our dog was our first baby. She is still getting used to us having kids. She’s scared of them. I think it’s because she’s a small dog (15 pounds). I really want her and the kids to be best friends. One day…

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  15. Your dog is beautiful! What a great family pet, we love our dogs too. As much as they drive me crazy, I couldn’t imagine life without them.

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  16. I had a dog before my husband and I got married. He didn’t like my pekingese (perhaps because they have similar personalities?) so I had to pass him along to a family member. I love visiting with him at his new home! It’s great that your daughter has a sweet companion!

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  17. Stu, our cat, gets honored daily. Snuggles every night at bedtime and every morning when we wake. I even set my alarm early to make sure he gets a good rub down before I leave for work.

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  18. I honor my pets by loving them spending time and playing with them. I buy them good food and
    treats and toys. I take them to the vet and buy flea meds for them. I make sure they are healthy
    and happy. I take my dog Bailey for walks and they all get treats all the time.

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  19. We don’t have a family pet. I can’t wait until we get a larger house (and yard) so we can get a doggie!

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  20. We are blessed with 3 rescue puppies that are the light of our lives. We treat them with massages every day as they are getting older and slower but more wonderful every day.

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  21. Super adorable! I wish we had a four-legged friend, but for now, we just have a cat. We honor him all the time and he gives us lots of love.

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  22. This is so sweet. This post makes me want to pay much more attention to our doggies. Great photos, by the way!

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  23. I don’t have any four legged family member right now. But when I do, I will make sure I have the proper time to spend with them and make sure they get enough outside exercise.

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  24. They’re both adorable, the dog and your daughter! I love my pets like crazy, I have a puppy that’s almost 6 months old and a cat.

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  25. My best friend spoils her dog like you wouldn’t believe. He is really a member of the family, not just a pet. She’d love a new pet bed for him, to go in her new car.

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  26. My mom always had a dog when I was growing up, and both sets of grandparents did too. We always treated them like family, and they all lived 15+ years with very happy lives. :)

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  27. I honor my pet in so many ways. He is spoiled & so loved. We play together, nap together, eat together. I love my big boy. Didn’t realize what a big hole I had in my life until I got him.

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  28. I have two Toy Aussies who I honor by making sure they receive the best food, lots of activity, love and have their own space. They are too important to do otherwise!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Twitter: @MsLatina

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  29. We make sure we spoil him with TONS of toys. It’s ridiculous how many toys he has but we do it because we love him. He also gets a few walks a day, his nightly walk being his absolute favorite. He is allowed to sit anywhere he wants and has a space in the bed between us by our heads. He rarely eats people food but when he does we give him goodies like cantaloupe and sometimes pineapple. He is our little guy and we spoil him with love and fun.

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  30. Pets are such amazing creatures! They definitely make human lives more enjoyable just by their presence :)

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  31. Our dogs are basically just two additional family members. We treat them like people too! They even sleep in our bed at night, even though it’s more than a full house!

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  32. I am totally guilty of forgetting to love on our four legged family members. I actually bought them puppy ice cream recently as an “I am sorry that the kids take up all my time” gift :)

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  33. Oh, how I love my dog and 3 cats. They are spoiled. But Nacho Cat is the most spoiled. He gets walked on a leash daily to catch lizards….lol

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  34. My mom has a dog, and we have a cat. My cat is spoiled to the point where I make room for her in our bed at night (complete with a spot for her head on my pillow.)

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  35. We spoil Tobey. I know we do. I also don’t care. He’s Tobey!! He’s also getting older- he’s 13 already. He’s part of our family

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  36. Honor our cat? My hubby would say letting her live in our house! But, I let her sit next to me and pet her and love her.

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  37. We don’t honor any 4 legged friends yet, but we have promised our son a dog when school starts in September. There will be a lot of honoring then!
    thanks,
    Mitch

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  38. My dog is in his glory now that we have some nice weather our way, too! He gets to get outside much more now!

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