How We Share Our Love with Our Furry Family Member

With two toddlers and many life responsibilities, it can be easy to feed, walk and bathe the dog but not remember to give them attention beyond that. We've had a lot of changes in our home the last few years and as we've adjusted, Howie has adjusted along with us. We have made an effort to show him more love on a daily basis, giving him the same quality of attention that we give to our children and each other. He is loyal and loving and always excited to see us and he deserves the same kindness and love in return.

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How Having a Dog Taught Me to Love My Husband Better

We've learned so much about life, responsibility, selflessness and love since our dog, Howard, came into our lives and he makes our lives more interesting and happy. Over the last four and a half years, I've paid attention to how this sweet pup interacts with Joe and he's inspired me to change some things about the way that I love my husband and treat my marriage.

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8 Ways to Foster a Good Relationship Between Your Kids and Your Pet

Howie joined our family two years before any kids came along. He was used to a calm, quiet environment where he had the freedom to enjoy life wherever he pleased. These days he shares attention and living space with two little ones who are anything but calm and quiet. As our little family has grown, it has been our goal to build a happy and safe relationship between our kids and our dog. We know that they will all be the best of friends if we do our part to teach them how to interact well with each other while they're still young. Two and a half years into this parenting thing, we've learned a few important lessons for fostering that healthy, happy relationship.

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Five Tips for Helping Your Dog Feel Like Part of the Family

You've all met our forever puppy, Howie, here on the blog and on Instagram. He's been a part of our lives for four years, can you believe it? Because we had Howie for two years before having children and then added two children to our family within the next two years, there were a lot of adjustments that he had to make in a short amount of time. Howie is an important part of our family and we strive every day to make sure that he knows that he has not been pushed aside by the kids that have joined our family.

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Helping Our Dog Make a Healthy Transition with Baby #2

It's no secret that we love our dog, Howie, and that he has been a huge part of our family in the three years that we've had him. As we've made different transitions in our life, we've worked hard to make those transitions easy for him and keep him as happy as possible. When we moved into our house, when we had our first child and now as we prepare for the birth of our second child, we have always kept his needs in mind to help make the transition as routine as possible.

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How Howie Adjusted to the Baby

One of the things that I was looking forward to the most was introducing our baby to our puppy. I was nervous about how Howie would react to having a new human around, one who would take up the attention that we would normally give him, but it's been a success so far! There were a few things that we did to prepare Howie for the baby before he was born and things that we've done since we brought Bensen home to make the transition easier for Howie as well.

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The Secret's Out...

For the last three months, I've been keeping a secret. I don't like keeping secrets so I'm really excited that this one is finally out in the open! Trying to balance school, work, a new house and the blog all while I've been sick and exhausted has been a fun little adventure, but I survived the worst of it (I hope) and my energy is back so I'm ready to finish off 2014 strong!! And I think it's obvious that 2015 is going to be one of the best years for us yet. We'll be settled into our new home and we get to welcome a sweet Joberly baby into our lives!

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Small Puppy, BIG Personality

We fondly refer to Howie as Mini Monster in our house and for a good reason. He is the sweetest, friendliest, most cuddly, furry creature you'll ever meet. But he also has a wild, crazy, hyper, sometimes naughty side that we can't help but love! It's really hard to say no to a sweet face like Howie's and he's just so darn cute, even when he is naughty, that it's hard to stay upset with him for long. If I could have even half of his energy, I'd get so much more accomplished every day.

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Howie Hijacks the Blog

Hey everyone, I'm Howard aka Howie! You may recognize me from the millions of pictures my mom posts on Instagram (seriously, someone should tell that woman to stop it already, enough with the puppy pictures)! Mommy spends so much time on this computer "doing homework", I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I've seen some of my blogger doggy friends take over their mom's blogs for a day so I thought it would be fun to give it a try.

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Why Every Marriage Needs a Puppy

Having a puppy is a lot of work and sometimes he's really naughty and difficult, but I would never send him back. It's a little bit like having a human child, and I think he's probably good preparation for when we finally get to that stage in life. And now, I'm going to go snuggle with that sweet, furry boy because I just can't get enough of him! Oh, and maybe we'll spend some time with the husband as well.

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