How puppies and preschoolers/toddlers are alike

Whether you believe it or not, animals are very similar to humans. Many consider their pets and especially dogs as part of the family and evidently, they should. To put it in perspective puppies particularly share many of the same qualities as preschoolers and toddlers. If you are thinking of having kids and want to make sure you are ready, getting a dog is a great idea as it will prepare you for it. Taking care of a dog takes a lot of patience, responsibility, and hard work; similar to having a child. But in the end, it is worth it as just like children, dogs bring a lot of joy. Puppies and toddlers share a lot of similar traits that I have picked up on and it is quite remarkable.

Both require a lot of love, attention, and care.

Just like kids, puppies require a lot of love, attention, and care. Puppies like to be held just like kids do, they like to be around people, and they love affection. Just like when a child is crying a puppy wants to be picked up, hugged and be cherished with love. Puppies are taken away from their mothers after 8 weeks so they can feel scared and miss their mother so making them feel comfortable, loved is important in order for them to feel at ease.

Both are therapeutic

Both kids and dogs bring a happy vibe that is contagious. When you see a child being silly, laughing, or happy it puts you in a better mood. Puppies have the same effect, in fact, dogs are used for therapy and can make one feel calmer and reduce stress. It goes to show that the simplest of things in life can bring joy and immediate pleasure.

Taking care of puppies and kids requires creativity

When taking care of a child and a puppy something that some people don’t know is that it requires creativity. What I mean by this is that when you need to get your puppy or child to do something that they don’t want to do it entails you to think outside of the box. In fact, you may have to be sneaky as kids and dogs can be stubborn. For example, if a child refuses to eat something you could try putting it in a sandwich. That way this proves that they actually liked the food that they claimed they didn’t like. With puppies, for example, if he or she isn’t eating a lot you can get a toy that they like and this will draw them towards the food. It works as an incentive just like when you want your puppy to sit you show them a treat and that encourages them to do what you want them to do. This is the same for kids as when they do something good you reward them. When preschoolers and puppies are getting potty trained, a common thing to do once they have gone to the bathroom is giving them a treat. Tactics like this will benefit you and your pup or child.

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Rio 2016

I believe that that turmoil that has been surrounded around Brazil has brought a negative connotation to the Olympics this year. I believe that the Rio Olympics wants people to forget about it. There has been the combination of a political crisis, an economic recession, and bad press. The Olympics is supposed to bring optimism, but I’m sure people were thinking, what if there is a terrorist attack? What if there are violent crimes? Basically a lot of what ifs, which is understandable. There were worries about accommodating the athletes. In addition, there were scares of evictions to make way for Olympic projects. They want the Olympics to run smoothly, but they don’t want to cause problems for others in the running. Inevitably, there has been a lot of controversy. Organizers of Rio 2016 want to put the turmoil behind them and want to focus on the sports. The coming together of fans and athletes from around the world. They want to bring out multiculturalism and diversity to Rio. That is what the Olympics is all about essentially. Very similar to the World Cup in soccer. There has also been controversy with that. Different countries and cities have different politics attached to them. I believe everyone is aware of that. People want to be reassured that everyone is safe. They want to represent Rio as a vibrant city. For sports fans, I believe it brings excitement. They are looking forward to watch their favourite athletes. For example Michael Phelps. They are looking forward to watching volleyball, swimming and diving, because we don’t get to see these sports in the winter Olympics. The athletes also train very hard for the Olympics so I’m sure it is something they look forward to. They want to put their hard work into play, so the last thing they want is problems. Volleyball is such a fun sport to watch. It takes skill, speed, thought, experience and endurance. The best part is fans supporting athletes from their country. It represents pride for ones country.  The Olympics, it is a feel good moment. The start of something fresh and new. Sports are always a beautiful thing to witness. I think it is safe to say that many Olympics have had their difficulties. Nothing is easy. I think it is important that those from Brazil represent their Brazilian spirit and show the positive side to Brazil. It is important to overcome challenges. It makes Rio 2016 all the more exciting knowing that everything can still come together despite the drama. What’s life without obstacles? Overcoming these obstacles makes life all the more enjoyable and rewarding.  Continue reading “Rio 2016”