Book Excerpt: Fun, Little Boys and the Family Dog

2 Nov

In preparation for the publishing of my book in the upcoming month, I will be posting weekly short excerpts. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek- and if you’re interested in pre-ordering, sign up to receive our emails at the top of this page, right side. Many thanks to all you great supporters out there.

Each night it was all about the fun.

Everything became fun. Although dinner was always the focal point during the week, many activities happened simultaneously—it was a little bit like a circus (in a good way). It seemed like there were always a few other kids over and often the boys either ate outside, in front of the TV, on the porch, or in the driveway while shooting hoops…even in the rain. They loved their house and they felt comfortable inviting their friends
over. I was happy about this and encouraged it.

A house with kids obviously needs a dog and we complied. Our dog, Jake, was well fed, as plates containing partially-eaten snacks were always scattered around and he made sure they were licked relatively clean and ready for the dishwasher. I made the work of taking care of a dog even more efficient by simply tearing off the top of a 50-pound bag of dog food and putting it in a corner. Jake could eat anytime not requiring any special attention. We called him the “self maintenance” dog. For some reason he self-regulated and didn’t over eat. Jake got plenty of exercise, too—he was always playing hide-and-seek or chase with the boys and their friends.

It was paradise for the boys. For me, it was non-stop fixing, organizing, or cleaning—and also immensely enjoyable.

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