Shed happens: For most pet parents, this is a fact of life. A new pet in the household, particularly one with fur, generally results in the shed factor. It is a lot easier to clean a pet household than most folks realize. With 4 million dogs in need of their forever homes, our friends at Swiffer® along with Bark & Co. are out to stop the shed and make cleanup easier. Cleaning should never be an obstacle to adopting a pet, so Fidose of Reality is out on the front lines to test this theory. Not only will we test the cleaning process with three 8-year-old triplets who desperately want their first pet, but we’ll also show you some fab ideas for stocking stuffer gifts this holiday season.
Meet Mia, Matthew, and Ryan, who are the nephews and niece of my very dear friend, Ellen. Once a week, the triplets visit Ellen and love to spend time playing with shelter rescue dog, Zola, who just celebrated her 11th birthday. The triplets want a pet, so their mom has decided this: If the kids can prove themselves to be responsible and take a part in cleanup and care of the dog, she is considering allowing them to rescue a dog in the new year.
The triplets’ Mom is not alone. In a study provided by Swiffer, 93 percent of parents agree that having a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences for a child. However, a surprising 75 percent of parents who do not already have a pet say that concerns over messes could actually prevent them from getting a pet for their family.
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Kids Need Dogs, Dogs Need Kids
As someone who grew up with a dog in her life, I am not alone in believing that animals help children develop character as well as responsibility. Dr. Aubrey Fine, a renowned child development and pet expert, says that a home rich with kindness and compassion, with pets, is good for children.
“Teaching children positive ways to interact with their pets will help them feel more involved and will help crystallize their fur-ever bond,” Dr. Fine says.
The triplets love visiting Zola, and she has taught them boundaries and limits, as well. Zola tries to sometimes “herd” the kids together, which is both adorable and a learning experience for the kids. They know not to scream around her, not to tug on her ears or tail, and why play time and walks are necessary.
Removing Cleaning and Chore Tensions
“But I don’t want to” is a cry heard round the world, no doubt, by parents of kids with pets. When children actually engage in chores and are taught responsibility at a young age, the relationship of parent and child is strengthened as well. To that end, we talked to the triplets during a recent visit with Zola. Here’s an adorable quick video of their tasks followed by how you, too, can help a dog have a happily ever after.
Tools of the Trade
Pet adoption is a topic near and dear to our hearts at Fidose of Reality. Our fundraising arm of the blog is Wigglebutt Warriors, and we crusade to save dogs’ lives. We only recommend products that we believe in, use, and would like to pass on to our readers. This holiday season, consider helping a pet in need. If a new pet comes into your home, talk to all family members about the importance of daily chores. If you know of someone who has a pet and you want to gift that with something practical, the Swiffer Duster and Swiffer Sweeper make great cleanup gifts. Visit the Facebook Swiffer page and get more info!
Matthew, Mia, and Ryan have proven themselves to be responsible, and we are gifting their mom with this video and blog post so she can see the fantastic job they did. Zola was rescued from a drug bust, and she was confiscated many years ago as “evidence.” Zola is the very first pet the triplets have interacted with, and they are very gentle and kind to her. In return, Zola lets the kids make themselves at home with her toy box contents and on her doggie bed.
Have you ever used the Swiffer line of products? Let us know your experience in the comments below. And have a very happy, clean, fret-free holiday season!