My Pop spent most of my childhood shaking his head and muttering indulgently “Kids, Cats, Dogs and Weeds!” I spent most of my childhood trying to figure out what on earth he was going on about.
Possible connections I came up with:
- they all grow quickly
- they all can be annoying
- they all destroy your garden.
While the benefits of weeds appear to be pretty much zero, the benefits of dogs to kids is well documented. The Royal Children’s Hospital breaks it down:
- Health – better immunity, decreased stress, more active kids
- Family harmony – a focus for family activities and conversations
- Child development – better self esteem, social skills, responsibility and nurturing nature.
We don’t have a dog. Yet. Son #1 has started a fairly low-level campaign, mentioning from time to time ‘I wish I had a dog’, followed by a pointed ‘forlorn soul’ gaze in my general direction. I smile and reply sweetly, ‘I wish I had a french maid,’ and move on with what I was doing.
If YOU happen to have a dog, this may be a familiar scene:
Dogs like to go out. As it happens, kids like to go out too. So if you have a dog AND a kid AND you live in Melbourne, you might want to consider getting Julie Mundy’s latest fabulous guide book Melbourne for Dogs.
I’m showcasing it here because I think it’s pretty brilliant. I also own (and love) one of Julie’s other fabulous guide books, Melbourne’s Best Bush, Bay & City Walks. You can check out Julie’s blog here.
Melbourne for Dogs is ‘the ultimate list of Melbourne’s best dog-friendly beaches, parks and walks’. Everything you need to know about taking your dog (and the kids) out in Melbourne:
- more than 700 off-lead parks and 50 beaches
- suburb-by-suburb index listing to make finding one near you easy
- information about the location – is it fenced, is dog-friendly time limited, are there playgrounds, bbqs, picnic areas and nearby parking?
- regional parks, including dog-friendly camp grounds
- nine dog-friendly walks, with full-colour maps, photos, walk distances and walk grades.
Grab a copy of Melbourne for Dogs from Booktopia (or grab a copy at most other online bookstores or your local bookstore, if you still have one:-)).
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