The Most Improved Dog Father


My husband is a wonderful Dad to Bobby and Gracie and I couldn’t ask for any better.

He’s also a wonderful Dad to the dogs, he just doesn’t know it.

He would never consider himself a dog Dad or even a pet parent. It’s just not the way he is.

I mean this is a man that when the first time he came over to my house, he wouldn’t come inside until I put my big, huge, drooly dog out onto the back porch.

This is the man that I promised things to that I can’t even tell you about if he would let me get Sherman…………..and I still haven’t paid up, yet.

But I’m ok with the fact that he doesn’t consider himself a dog Dad, because I know he is The Dog Father in the making.

The man who use to gag when slobber would be flung upon him, no longer gags.

The man who use to curse the hair he found on his dinner plate, curses no more.

The man who never wiped a muddy paw in his life, wipes away now.

The man who would never go near dog poop, has found himself in deep shit on more than one occasion.

The man who never use to talk to dogs, talks to dogs while laying on the floor next to them.

The man who thought dog shows were stupid, now knows more than me about them.

The man who use to tell me to stop spending so much money on the dogs, keeps silent now.

The man who use to know nothing about the Newfoundland breed, now answers questions readily to anyone who inquires.

The man who use to hate to go for walks. Now walks 2 dogs almost every night.

The man who use to walk away from me in stores when I gawked at crazy things for the dogs, now stands by my side and gawks with me.

He’s come along way in the 15 years that I have known him and I think he has earned The Most Improved Dog Father title.

How about you? Is their a Dog Father in your life? Tell me about them.

(p.s. we haven’t quite gotten to that place where I’ve been given permission to display his Dog Father face all over the blog, maybe next year.)

The Monday Mischief Pet Bloghop

Welcome to Monday Mischief – The pet blog hop that wraps up the weekend! This Blog Hop is brought to you by Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog Blog, and My Brown Newfies

Bloghop (1)

Be Sociable, Share!



41 Comments on The Most Improved Dog Father

  1. Daisy
    June 17, 2013 at 2:05 am (2 years ago)

    No, we don’t have a Dog Father BUT our friend Millie shares her Dad with us. And he is just crazy about dogs.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  2. Olivia Rubin
    June 17, 2013 at 4:33 am (2 years ago)

    I just love the way you compose your writing.

    Mine, like many children, is raised in a single family household. We spent time with my parents yesterday. She loves her Grandpaw.

  3. Sue at Talking Dogs
    June 17, 2013 at 4:41 am (2 years ago)

    Love this! It just takes time… my husband sounds so much like yours. When I met him, he thought dogs belonged outdoors and one dog was more than enough. These days he encourages dogs on the bed and he trolls Petfinder… Time spent living with dogs changes us all. For the better :-)
    Sue at Talking Dogs recently posted…Happy Dog Daddy Day!My Profile

  4. humanrescuesdog
    June 17, 2013 at 5:19 am (2 years ago)

    That’s really lovely – dogs have a funny way of making themselves at home in your heart. And your hubby sounds like he has a big heart :)
    humanrescuesdog recently posted…Happy Father’s Day Dog-Daddies!My Profile

  5. Basil
    June 17, 2013 at 5:44 am (2 years ago)

    BOL sounds like in another 15 years he will be well on the way BOL

  6. Rach
    June 17, 2013 at 6:24 am (2 years ago)

    Love this post! Reminds me of my grandad. When I was a kid my nan and grandad rescued a collie mix called Patch. My grandad always used to say that he had no time for the dog and it was my nan’s-not his. He’d put on a big show about not liking him, but if you caught him off-guard he’d be cuddling Patch, giving him treats and playing with him until someone made their presence known. I love it when people completely fall in love with animals, especially when they’re not expecting to!
    Rach recently posted…Pet or Pest?My Profile

  7. urban hounds
    June 17, 2013 at 6:51 am (2 years ago)

    your dad is most definitley deserving of this award, how sweet that your husband was willing to find out what you love about your furry companions (Im also impressed you gave your husband a chance because my number one requirement in a mate was that they be a dog lover, I think its the first thing I asked my husband when we started dating, we were friends first and I always watched him around dogs when we were in college and I loved that he loved them)

    urban hounds

  8. Hawk aka BrownDog
    June 17, 2013 at 7:59 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Y’all!

    Y’all are sure lucky to have such an educated Papa. My Human would never have given him a chance once he made her put her pup on the back porch. Her theory was…love me, love my dogs and horses. BOL!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
    Hawk aka BrownDog recently posted…Spoil Sport!My Profile

  9. Misaki
    June 17, 2013 at 8:30 am (2 years ago)

    Hahaha love that he’s been won over!
    Misaki recently posted…YesterdayMy Profile

  10. SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy)
    June 17, 2013 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

    Great ppost – love that your husband has opened his heart to the boys. How could he not???

  11. finnhoward
    June 17, 2013 at 10:08 am (2 years ago)

    aw! That’s so sweet. Yes, we have a dog father too and we gave him a doggy daddy card yesterday. He is so much fun to play with and he got Momma into dogs. Without him in her life, we wouldn’t be in our home!
    finnhoward recently posted…GRANDMA!My Profile

  12. Kelli
    June 17, 2013 at 10:33 am (2 years ago)

    I love this Jen!!! :) We are visiting my parents in MO right now, and I am having terrible Buster withdrawals! My hub is a wonderful dog father, but still trying to bring him around re: the slobber and dog hair.. 😉

  13. Noreen
    June 17, 2013 at 10:36 am (2 years ago)

    Happy Monday, Great post! My hubby has loved some of our dogs with his whole heart and others not so much. He hated dog hair and so now we have a dog that doesn’t shed but needs to be groomed. He would always say I am the dog lady but with our Hunter he loves him too. He occasionally watches Cesar with me and some dog shows but not by choosing. I will always have a dog and I think he is so taken with Hunter that he couldn’t imagine life without him.
    Have a great day!

  14. Leo, Grady and Mom
    June 17, 2013 at 11:12 am (2 years ago)

    What a wonderful tribute to all dog dads.
    My husband was a dog dad when I met him. It was this and the fact that he owned the same truck that I did, that he got a second look and a second date. His dog slept on the floor at the foot of the bed. Mine were on the bed. His was a dog, a loved dog, but a dog. Mine were my babies. He started working the night shift so I offered to do doggie night care. To make a long story short, His dog joined mine on the bed, his dog had all the babying mine did, his dog became my dog. He became my husband and became a true doggie daddy. 17 years later, he doesn’t blink if both Newfs and a cat or two are on the bed. He made arrangements with our breeder when we picked out our first Newf puppy, so that I could also have the little girl that was six months old and had fallen in love with the minute I saw her. He blinked more than a few times when I told him I had bought a horse (not your small type but a Percheron) so she didn’t go to auction and the slaughter house. She is now 22 and a true blessing in our lives. He wipes eyes and slobber like the best of them. He still laughs at me when I cry watching certain commercials and when I call crying with joy because a very dear friend, who lost a beloved Newf, now has a new puppy. He shakes his head when I call numerous specialists to find the best for our boys, and then says that we will somehow find the money when he hears how much more it will cost. My husband is more than a father to our 3 children, 4 cats, 3 horses and 2 Newfies. He is my gift from God!

  15. FleaByte
    June 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Awww! That made me tear up! My Hunny has always been a good dog daddy, but he’s come a long way in the people daddy division.

  16. Taryn
    June 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Great post! I love it. My dogs definitely converted a non-dog-dad type over to the dog-side. He still bitches about all the hair, but will happily lie on the dog beds with them, and he’s even done something I still won’t do, share an ice cream cone!
    Taryn recently posted…The Weekend Report – Just HeartbreakingMy Profile

  17. Jackie Bouchard
    June 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Cute post. I’m glad to hear that a non-dog-person can live happily ever after with a dog-person. My hubs had never had a dog before, but he loved them. He doesn’t care about the hair and he’s happy to have them on any and every piece of furniture! The only thing he can’t handle is dog barf. He’s a wimp with that. Whaddya gonna do?

    He loves dogs so much (and all animals) and they love him right back. We call him “Mike of Assisi” in my family.

  18. Nichole
    June 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Awww, great post! I’m fortunate enough to have a wonderful Dog Daddy here! In fact, his stepmom even posted a very special Father’s Day message on his FB wall yesterday that made me smile… “for the best Dog Daddy we know” :)
    Nichole recently posted…Black & White Sunday: Daddy’s DayMy Profile

  19. Tori
    June 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Yes! My man is the same…he is getting converted slowly. He never had dogs that lived inside…he still cringes that they sleep on my side of the bed with me. Maybe some day he will embrace that. He is getting there.
    Tori recently posted…This Moment {See Beautiful} – Little DucklingsMy Profile

  20. Heart Like A Dog (@HeartLikeADog)
    June 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I tried those promises you can’t talk about to see if Hubby would let me get another dog. he said that I was lying and I wouldn’t pay up and he was right. :-)

    Mine is pretty good with the dogs except for the walking part. He rarely walks with us.

  21. Dawn
    June 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm (2 years ago)

    LOL! It sounds almost like my husband. He’s not quite at all these places yet, but we’ve only been together a little over three years. When we first moved in together, he thought the dogs would be outside dogs. That was almost a deal-breaker. But we came to a reasonable compromise. No dogs in the dining or living room, and no dogs allowed on the furniture. Since I spend most of my time in the office room, it was a compromise I could live with. And I like how clean my furniture looks now that my hairy dogs are not allowed on. Although, I do make an exception when he goes out of town.
    Dawn recently posted…Pet Safety Saturday – Pets and Fireworks Don’t MixMy Profile

  22. rubytheairedale
    June 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh, I loves that!! Hey, I think you KNEW that he had it in him, or you would have never even had a second date. Dog “moms” know. they can ‘smell’ it (bol) and sense it in another person. I thinks you knew he would come around, cause that’s just the kind of guy he is.
    I just loved this post!!
    I have a Gpa, who will do anythings for Moi! Then agains, who could resist THIS face?! BOL
    rubytheairedale recently posted…Happy Father’s DayMy Profile

  23. The Lady
    June 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I just love this! My the girls’ Grandpa is much the same way. Over the last 3 years he has went from not even knowing how to pet a dog without scaring it to petsitting for a week, cleaning up accidents, and spontaneously buying dog gifts. It’s great!
    The Lady recently posted…Hot Beach Babe 2013!!My Profile

  24. Jodi, Kolchak & Felix
    June 18, 2013 at 2:17 am (2 years ago)

    Happy (dog) Father’s Day. To be fair dogFather, I still get miffed when there’s dog hair in my food and I’m not sure I could handle newf sloob on my favourite dress.

    I never imagined my hubby would embrace the dogs the way he has. He’s is just as (if not more) in love with these dogs than I am. He’s Felix’s best buddy (a position that has me GREEN with envy, since the position was usurped from me.)
    Jodi, Kolchak & Felix recently posted…Grain Free Cinnamon Snacks Dog Treat RecipeMy Profile

  25. sprinkles
    June 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm (2 years ago)

    What a sweet post about your husband!
    sprinkles recently posted…Funday MondayMy Profile


Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge