Giveaway + Why I Will Always Be A Dog Person

When I was four years old, I named our family's first purchased pet.

We already had one dog, but my parents had just decided to get another one.  We got a miniature dachshund, who was with us for years.  He was adorable.  He used to bound through the deep snow in the winters, and he was so short that whenever he landed he would disappear beneath the snow - so you would see him as he jump up and forward, then you wouldn't see him after he landed.

We used to let him sleep on our beds at night, and we would argue sometimes on whose room he would sleep in.  Most of the time my brother would win.  Our little daschund would crawl under the covers and lick your feet until you fell asleep - which in hindsight could have been annoying, but as kids, we loved it.

He was to tolerant of all of our childish schemes, and he was the perfect dress up dog.  We even had a dog wedding with him once, as we dressed up both of our dogs in bride and groom attire and conducted a ceremony.

But back to the naming.  We picked him up when I was pretty little, and mom said we would let dad name him when he came home.  I had an opinion on the matter though, and when dad came home I told him that he could name our new dog.

"But," I said, "we could name him 'Winnie' or somethin'".

You know, after Winnie The Pooh, my favorite cartoon ever.

My dad is such a good sport, and Winnie was his name.

I thought of our little Winnie dog when I read the book "Henry Hodges Needs A Friend".  This is a cute book about how Henry Hodges is lonely, and his parents tell him they are going to get him a pet.  Henry starts imagining about all the possibilities, and he ends up with a sad little dog, who he names "Happy".

This book was so cute and imaginative, and the illustrations were adorable.  I always loved slightly silly plays on things when I was a girl, and this book has many funny ideas of what Henry thinks his pet will be.  I think it makes it really interesting for kids, to spark their little imaginations.  The text also rhymes, and I am a huge fan of rhyming books for kids!  I wouldn't necessarily recommend it if you don't have or want a dog, because Henry and Happy will probably make your kids want one!

The lesson at the end was such a cute one too, about how God knows what we need when we are lonely or sad - and how our friends need us when they are lonely or sad too!  This book will probably go on our favorites shelf.

If you are a cat person, you may not understand (I kid - sort of), but dogs, can be such comforting little friends to have as a child.  Dogs love you no matter how bad of a mood you are in, and there have been many times when I was upset or crying about something, and one of my dogs would crawl up into my lap and snuggle, or lick my face in an attempt to make me feel better.  They love you even when your ugly side shows, when life is messy.  Sometimes you just need that little example of unconditional love and loyalty.  I'll always be a dog person, and it all started with a short little dog I named Winnie.

Did you have a dog when you were a kid?  Will you get your kids a pet?

And if you are a cat person, here's your chance to make your case.  Comment below!


Tommy Nelson has also offered to give one of my readers a copy of "Henry Hodges Needs A Friend" - and I'm going to try something a little different and host the giveaway on Instagram!  So if you don't already follow me on Instagram, you are missing out!

To enter the giveaway, stop by my Instagram and check it out!

The giveaway will end on March 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST!

Note: I received a copy of "Henry Hodges Needs A Friend" from Tommy Nelson in exchange for a review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Natalie @ She Builds Her Home said...

We are definitely dog people! I have never really liked cats much (probably just because I don't know anything about them) and my husband is allergic so it works out ok ;)

Keri Snyder said...

Ahh my son would love this! We hope to get a dog at some point ;)

Ashley LaMar said...

I used to be a cat person but then I married a man with a dog. Then we got another dog. Now I'm a dog person. They teamed up and successfully converted me. :-)

Felicia Barkman said...

I'm such a cat person. Not that I don't like dogs, but there's something about a cat purring on your lap that makes me happy on the inside. Also, they are sometimes anti-social, and I can relate to that :P

Callie Nicole said...

The purring is rather fun, even i will admit that! ;-)

Callie Nicole said...

I love my dogs! I just love how they are always so happy to see you.

Callie Nicole said...

You are probably smart to wait until he is old enough to help take care of them - ha! ;-)

Callie Nicole said...

We had cats and dogs growing up, and while I loved my cats too, they were always so aloof. Dogs are just always happy to just be in the same room as you, haha!

Elizabeth said...

I'm all about the dogs, though I've never actually had to take care of one, my parents did most of it. Cats are funny and I don't mind cat-themed items or entertainment, but I would not want one in my house...climbing around, jumping on the bed, knocking over the plants, scratching people, etc. etc. etc. I'm actually a little afraid of them! But I'm not planning on any housepets since we live in an apartment. Maybe some fish or hamsters if my son ends up being an animal lover.

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