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I read a quote last week by R. Benchley that said “Every boy should have two things; a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one.”

A woman standing beside a dog with text above them.

I loved that.  I know that having a dog can be hard, because they can be more work than the kids sometimes, but the bond that they have is one of my favorite things.   I love watching him run to my kids side if he hears them cry.  I love that he barks if someone has come to the door and he doesn’t recognize them.   I love that he just wants to sit beside you to show his loyalty.   

Our favorite thing to do for our dog is to take him to the Dog Park.   He LOVES it.    He could play there for hours (and he comes home worn out!)   I love that Beneful has just launched its 2016  Beneful Dream Dog Park Project, which is an annual effort to help improve and build dog parks across the country. The goal is to provide financial and hands on support to at least 12 dog parks in the U.S., and this year, with GoFundMe is helping to reach that goal.  (Beneful has been helping build and upgrade dog parks since 2010)
A small dog playing with a frisbee.

Dog parks aren’t just for dogs, but also for the owners.  I met one of my closest friends at a dog park and now we meet there so our dogs and kids can play!    We plan weekly play-dates at the dog park now for the kids AND the dogs (the one that we go to has a kid park right next to the dog park, just separated by a small gate). 🙂 
A dog sitting in front of a fence with a tennis ball in his mouth.

Do you want to win a GIVEAWAY:  a Beneful Dream Dog Park ‘dog park pack’ to one reader (that’s what I’m using in the picture!)  It has a bag, leash, Frisbee and tennis ball (maybe even a few Beneful coupons!)    Just leave a comment below letting me know you’re favorite thing to do with your dog. 🙂 

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I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. My Boxer Loki and I love to go hiking and end the day with a swim in the nice cold waters of our local creek!

  2. My favorite thing to do with my dog is to go on runs together! It’s our bonding time 🙂

  3. My favorite thing to do with my dog is take walks in the neighborhood. Walks benefit us both.

  4. My favorite thing to do with my dogs is play fetch. They never get tired of play and especially love playing it in the water!

  5. I don’t have a dog, but my dad does and his favorite thing is to take her hunting.

  6. Love taking my babygirl Rila (lab mix) to the river and play fetch she wears us out before she is wore out!

  7. Fav thing to do with my dog is take him with us on trips to the beach he absolutly loves it! He is such a great dog he is always wanting to be around the kids and is mopey when one or all the kids aren’t around (we have 4 kids) ! He’s are world and we will do whatever that benefits him ?

  8. My favorite thing to do with my dog is go rollerblading. This is great exercise for both of us!

  9. Our dogs LOVE to have their nails filed…they almost immediately fall asleep! They think it is a real treat! 🙂

  10. My favorite thing to do is watch my dogs run and play with each other in the yard. We have 3 shih-tzu’s and one is the mom to one, and to see them all play together is like watching your children! They all growl and bark, but are right there next to each other when one gets in trouble or when they are sleeping.

  11. We have two fur babies, Eli and Castiel. My favorite thing to do with them is watch them play with my son. He adores them. We take them riding and to the lake.

  12. Alas….we have no dog park where I live. My favorite thing to do with my dog is taking long walks in the woods together. She just looks so darn happy when we’re doing that.

  13. I love to play with my dog. He is huge (almost 60 pounds), but thinks he is a lap dog! He loves to curl up in my lap and snuggle.

  14. I love that quote! It took me about a year to be that mother once the kids started asking for a dog, but we’re getting one this fall. I’m excited and terrified at the same time.