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Dogs for occasional visits
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does anyone know of a way to find dogs for one's kids to play
with? we are rarely at home, and so having one ourselves would
not work, but our son loves dogs. i don't know where one would
look for people who might like to have our son play with their
dog e.g. once a week or something on a regular basis--any
If you don't find any other options, and if you find time (and if
this sounds like your kind of gig), try going to a nice big dog
park like Fort Funston in San Francisco. Just make sure that you
or your son ask the owner or dog walker if he can pet/play with
the dog. Our dog (over 100 lbs.) was a kid magnet there, and he
seemed to gloat and prance around the kids, especially *large*
groups of kids.
You might also want to bring a backpack carrier or something to
secure your toddler (off the ground) in case the big dogs decide
to play a fast chasing game (the dogs often forget to watch out
for humans when they find a good running partner) or if your
toddler gets too tired to walk any further.
I spent a lot of time petting other people's dogs at Fort Funston
before my husband finally broke down and agreed to get one of our
Maybe one visit with 40 dogs will satisfy your toddler's doggy
fix for a week. Oh yeah, dress for the wind, and don't be
surprised if you (and especially your toddler) get really sandy
and slobbered. If you go on a weekend, be extra vigilant about
stepping in dog poop (unfortunately, the weekend visitors aren't
very disciplined about cleaning up after their dogs).
dog lover and toddler mom
You might consider fostering a dog overnight for the Milo
Foundation when they have their Bay Area Mobile Adoption
weekends. That would give your toddler a good dose of doggy
love. I'm sure they would be very good about giving you a dog
that was well suited for young children. You can read more
about it here:
Just my 2 cents...
dog lover :)
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