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Meet Brady, our first baby. I rescued this sweet boy from a no kill shelter eight years ago. I had never owned a dog before and boy, it was a crazy eye opener that's for sure. However I wouldn't trade my rescue pup for anything - even though he is quite stealth at stealing Cohen's pizza off his plate. Animal shelters and rescues are near and dear to me because of my great experience. Now that Cohen is four he has started to show interest in ways he can help other people and things, which is an amazing feeling as a parent. Recently we stepped up his responsibilities and he is now in charge of feeding Brady because he absolutely adores this dog (well, except for the dog breath). Since he has such a strong love for animals, I thought I'd foster this love and his curiosity to help others by letting him visit a local animal shelter to see how he can help these pets. When I told him our plan he sweetly asked me if we could get the doggies some plain dog treats. Seriously, he melts my heart.
All week Cohen had been asking to go see the doggies and kitties. After a good afternoon of naps by all, we headed to the Hamilton County Humane Society to start our experience. Cohen was so excited to see the animals. When you first walk in there were a few cages of animals in the lobby. The kid was mesmerized by these sweet pets. He kept telling me, "Mommy! They are talking to me! Look!"
We spent a good amount of time at the Humane Society. Cohen got to look in all of the cat rooms and even watched one of the dogs get a bath, which he thought was hilarious. Together we attempted to go into the the dog room. I warned him that it was going to be loud but the dogs were just happy to see us. We lasted all of ten seconds in that room until he informed me, with his ears covered, that it was too loud. As we left we stopped at the donation bins to see the items that had been donated for the animals at the shelter. We also grabbed a list of some of the items that were needed so Cohen could choose some things to purchase for a donation.
Later that day, we headed to Sam's Club to grab some food for Brady. We picked up our usual Pedigree dog food (it's seriously a steal of a price at Sam's Club!) and then browsed the rest of the pet aisle to see if Cohen could find something he'd want to donate to the Hamilton County Humane Society. Apparently since October is Pet Adoption Month, Pedigree will donate one bowl of dog food to a shelter in need for every Pedigree dog product purchased at Sam's Club. I was sure to gear Cohen towards the Pedigree products so we could utilize this amazing promotion. Cohen decided on a large variety of Pedigree Dentastix for the dogs at the Humane Society.
I love this boy's sweet heart and eagerness to help others out. As a parent I think it's important to teach responsibility but it is also just as important to demonstrate and encourage caring behaviors with your children. After our trip to the Hamilton County Humane Society, Cohen said to me, "Thank you mom for taking me to see the puppies and kitties." I honestly think our trip to the animal shelter opened up his little four year old eyes to a world beyond just the cats and dogs. I was able to take something he loves, like animals, and turn it into a teaching moment on how he could help other animals besides his own dog. This kid is a sponge and if I can foster his eagerness and curiosity to help, then I'm doing my job as a parent.