The Top 5 Playful Dog Breeds for Young Children

Everyone loves dogs, right?  Well, although your children may be pestering you to adopt a puppy, it’s important to remember that not every kind of dog loves kids.  Some breeds of dogs can be aggressive in general, and some may not think kindly of children who aren’t always particularly delicate when handling them.

So if you’re considering getting a family dog, it’s important to research, and think very carefully about which breed to get.  You want a dog that your kids will love of course, but your dog needs to love them back.

Here are a few ideas to get your research started:
Australian Shepherd
Why consider an Australian Shepherd?  Well, these dogs are very much people dogs.  Hugely friendly in fact. They really want to be (and stay) part of the family, and be involved in everything you do.  Plus they could quite happily fetch, retrieve, fetch, retrieve, fetch, retrieve a ball all day!  In fact, your kids might get bored of the activity before your dog does.

Teddy Bear Shichon
Do little dogs any cuter?  Search Google for pictures and I’m sure you’ll agree they don’t! And just like any dog, you can bring it into your fold as a baby, or perhaps when it’s older.  So if you are looking for little puppies online do a special search for Teddy Bear Shichons.  Deal?

Bernese Mountain Dog
This type of dog is much larger than the others we’ve listed.  But if you’ve got the space, and your kids aren’t scared of such a big animal, then give it some serious thought. And don’t worry about its size.  Bernese Mountain dogs are surprisingly docile and easy going.

Boston Terrier
This small dog can be particularly easy to take care of.  They’re tough, love having fun, but also have huge amounts of personality.  It’s also been said they don’t need much exercise, but you may want to research that further.  Don’t let it be an excuse not to take your dog on walks.

Jack Russell
First things first, Jack Russells often have so much energy they don’t know what to do with it!  To say they have personality is putting it mildly. They come in long haired and short haired varieties.  The longer haired varieties can often have quite a scruffy look, while the short haired breed is much sleeker.  And they often have their tails snipped to just a few inches.  At full length, it’s around a foot.

Jack Russells can sometimes be aggressive against other dogs, but they are wonderfully good natured at home.  If you treat them well, and bring them up well, they’ll be great with kids.

However, it is of course important to remember that even the kindest, friendliest dogs can snarl, and even bite, if treated poorly. So as well as choosing the right dog for the family, you need to teach your children how to handle dogs and understand their personalities.  Of course, every dog is different but there’s some definite baseline characteristics to keep in mind.

Therefore you’ll want to show your children how to safely handle dogs, so the dog feels secure and comfortable, especially if it’s being picked up.  You’ll also want to show your children how to safely play with them, feed them, and make sure they never get bitten by accident.

Clean+Green Furniture Refresher {Review – Ends 4/12}

Recently, our household welcomed a furry new member. We call her Rotten because, well, within the first few hours of having her, we had her spoiled rotten. She slept anywhere she wanted to: cradled in Lucy’s arms, at the foot of our bed, on the couch… we even found her sound asleep on the dining room table. Crazy kitten.

When it comes to having pets in the house, one thing I am *super* picky about is the smell that animals can bring. If someone walks into my home, I want to make sure our new kitten isn’t the first thing they smell. That’s why I love Clean+Green’s Furniture Refresher. In just seconds, my couch smells brand new again, and I don’t have to worry if anyone can smell any trace of the cat.

There are many other things I love about Clean+Green:

  • Clean+Green products are safe for people, pets, and the planet. They use an all-natural formula that delivers instant results that are safe, non-toxic, and eco-friendly.
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  • Ingredients in Clean+Green products include cane sugar derivatives, a special blend of botanical extracts, hydrated cellulose, purified water, and a natural aerosol propellant {nitrogen}.
  • Their products are safe on all water-safe surfaces, are non-flammable, non-corrosive, non-carcinogenic, and are 100% biodegradable.
  • Your satisfaction is guaranteed with money back guarantee. I love when companies stand behind their products.

I am so thankful for the Clean+Green Furniture Refresher, especially now that we have Rotten. It has made me one very happy pet owner knowing that people can walk into my home and not smell that we have a kitten in the house.

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Funky Fish – Fishy Fun that Sticks {Review & Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Friday, Jan. 28 at 11:59pm EST.

Who knew you could have so much fun with a pet fish? Don’t believe me? Check out this video…

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Funky Fish offers some fabulous products that allow you to have fun with your pet fish. Right now, they offer 2 different kits to use with your fish: the Rock Band Kit and the Slumber Party Kit.

How often have your kids begged and begged for a pet fish? Then, they take care of it for a couple of days, and soon, it becomes your job? The idea behind Funky Fish is great! It will keep your kids entertained and interacting with their pet fish for hours on end. The clings stay clean because they go on the outside of the fish bowl or fish tank. They’re easily removable, and you can stick them over and over and over again. Funky Fish Kits

We received the Rock Band Kit to review, and here’s what was included:

  • 1 cling sheet of 3 different Rock Band fish, chat bubbles, and super cute stage accessories (lights, sunglasses, speakers, even a disco ball!).
  • 1 cling sheet for the stage background. (You can cut it to fit your bowl or tank – Love that!)
  • 1 protective bowl coaster to customize with your fish’s name.

My kids have had a blast playing with the Rock Band Kit, and Venom2 has never gotten so much attention. The boys have had a blast with this, and they entertain themselves for hours. They’ve also discovered that the clings stick on the bathroom mirror, so they love sticking them all over the mirror and then putting themselves into the scene. It’s loads of fun.

I also love the price of the sets – at just $9.95 each, which includes shipping, it’s a small price to pay to bring your kids – and your fish – a world of fun!

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