Kilo the Pug Wants To Tell You A Little
Hey Pup Peeps, Kilo the Pug here.
I was thinking about dogs and kids and how we are similar and how we are different. I learned some new dog tricks from Ambassador, Dog Trainer and Performer Jordan at the Canadian Pet Expo (she gave me treats). I think you humans could learn a few things from us dogs as well, like kindness and acceptance.
Have you ever watched dogs playing in the dog park?
We do not divide up into groups of different colours and we do not ask each other “Which country did you come from.” We usually start out trying to make friends and accepting dogs of all sizes, shapes, physical traits and colors, just because we are there in the park together.
Of course some dogs may be more energetic and like to play the same way and become better friends, just like humans. Some may be shy and scared, and prefer their own space like me. There may be dogs that don’t know social rules and there may still be bullies and victims. It is your responsibility to socialize and train your puppy safely from age 10 or 11 weeks old and to supervise your puppy at all times. Remember, they are relying on you.
However, in general, I think you kids can learn from us. Be more like dogs!
Do not judge other kids because they look different or because they are new or because they come from another place or because their skin is a different colour. Maybe the next time you notice a shy or scared kid in your neighbourhood or at school, you could be brave and kind enough to say hello and talk to them. If you are playing in a group and one kid is left out on the sidelines, maybe you could invite them to join in and play? If there is a kid on the school bus or at lunch who always sits alone, you could go and see if they would like you to sit with them. A little company can go a long way. Your smile could make them feel welcome and less afraid.
Smile with Smiley The Blind Therapy Dog
Look at Smiley. He was born without eyes but makes everyone around him happy. Think about how he does not let the fact that he is blind stop him from doing normal doggy things and more. He just has to work a little harder sometimes. His Mom and his brothers have his back and so does Hero the Super Collie. If there is a kid you know that has different abilities or looks different, maybe you can encourage them and have their back. Being different can be cool. Kindness and acceptance can also be cool.