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It’s no secret I really have 2 two loves. Of course I have Hattie, but my first love was Riley Sue. Riley joined our little family when Jeff and I first started dating. We had decided to move in together and thought if we could handle a dog, we could ultimately handle kids and 11 years later, we have successfully done both!
Having a dog is very similar to having kids. You have to figure out their quirks, what they like and don’t like and of course set ground rules. Over the years, we’ve learned that Riley really only loves one treat – Purina® Beggin’ Strips. I’m serious. We have tried everything. This dog won’t touch a crunchy treat to save her life. We have a neighbor who walks the neighborhood every night and every time he sees Riley tries to give her a crunchy treat. She just stares at him.
Since Hattie is officially 3 now, we’ve gotten her involved in helping with Riley. Riley and Hattie are Best Friends as Hattie likes to say. Sure, there is the occasional tail pulling or being a little rough with our old girl, but for the most part Hattie is really good with her. It’s also important for toddlers to have responsibilities and chores, so we put Hattie in charge of a few things that helps make everyone a little happier.
1) Fresh Food and Water – Hattie is in charge of getting Riley fresh food and water everyday. Riley actually has 2 water bowls. 1 in the laundry room with her food and a second in our master bathroom. She likes to have water close to where we sleep at night so she can hop down and get a drink. Call her spoiled, she’ll clink her dog collar on the bowl in the middle of the night if she doesn’t have fresh water. Hattie is so proud of herself for accomplishing her task everyday and it makes her appreciate having a dog.