There are actually six members in our family. Meet Hunter and Kisses. They are Cocker Spaniels. Hunter is one of those dogs who seem more like people and Kisses…. hmmm possibly not the smartest dog but she sure is cute.
Jack adores them. Hunter is a very old boy and sometimes looks up at Jack from his restful position as if to say, yeah…I’m not going to get that ball, but Kisses will play any and all games Jack makes up with great enthusiasm.
Jack has a few responsibilities at home including making his bed, tidying up after himself and putting his dirty dishes in the sink. He also feeds our dogs. The dog food bag was a little difficult for him to manage so I put it in a container for him with a picture on the top. This way he knows how much to give each dog and can do it independently.
I think it is so important for children to learn that we share this planet with animals and other living things. That we are all connected; interdependent. That animals and plants need to be treated, cared for, with kindness and respect. It may seem like such a simple thing, scooping out two cups of dog food, but I think it teaches Jack responsibility and compassion and develops an understanding that our dogs rely on us to feed and care for them. A first step towards developing a value of stewardship towards all plants and animals.