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I’m sure most pet owners or want to be pet owners have heard of Cesar Millan the Dog Whisperer. Well, when we first got our Milly we were having problems walking her because she would go crazy and basically try to walk me as she went after another dog. Well, that’s when I got even more acquainted with Cesar Millan. I spent hours watching his dog videos trying to figure out how I can keep my dog from walking me. I learned a lot in my research and hours of watching videos but this one thing really stood out to me:
“A Latino family keeps a dog at a distance, and barely brings them into intimate space. An American family brings them into intimate space right away, so the dog says ‘I own your space where you are sitting and I can sit on top of you,’ so the dog becomes owner of the relationship and the environment. Latino families keep them at a distance, distance means respect, that’s why dogs in third world countries appear more respectful.”
His statement about Latino family dog owners, basically sums up my relationship with dogs as a child. We had dogs as pets but they served a purpose–guard dogs. We loved them, we took care of them but they never came into our house once they got past they puppy stage or unless there was extreme weather.
Now as a mom, my kids wanted a pet and my oldest begged us for a dog. On his 8th birthday we walked away from a dog shelter with the cutest little puppy ever–Milly. Since then Milly has definitely worked her way into my heart and I can’t even begin to imagine our life with out her. She loves to greet us with a handshake and sometimes with more excited behavior. She loves to get our attention with her wet nose kisses. She loves to rub her forehead back and forth on our leg to tell us she’s missed us. We love her!
Between my Latino dog owner upbringing and U.S. dog owners pampering culture, I think I now have a good balance for taking care of our dog. We do pamper our Milly with gift ideas and fun toiletries and treats, but she doesn’t have a spot at our dinner table. Here’s a fun creative gift idea for you dog, it’s simple fun and you can find everything at your local store. All of the items in this basket were found at Target from Purina the Dog Chow Family!
Here’s China, another Hernandez family dog, in the above picture patiently waiting for her gift basket! It’s like Christmas but even better!
Creative Gift Idea for Your Dog
- bag of Purina Dog Chow
- Dog toys, toiletries, treats
Place all of your fun doggie items in basket. You can either wrap a ribbon around it or leave as is. Then give it to man’s best friend!
Did you see the fun new packaging for Purina Dog Chow? Here are some details:
- 90 years of proven nutrition
- High Quality Food, Made by Dog Lovers Like You
- Highly digestible formula
- Protein for strong muscles (more than 21g of protein per cup)
Here she is trying to show some self control but she’s ready to chow down on her yummy food.
We have had lots of dogs in our lives since my childhood and as you can see we have become a dog loving family!
Enter for your chance to win one of these fabulous prizes for you and your furry best friend! Five year’s worth of Purina Dog Chow products since they are giving away 5 different prizes of 1 year worth of products.