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Nothing like the kid drinking the dog's water

The stories a parent (or parent-to-be) hears about involving children in the responsibilities of caring for a pet are never positive. The child doesn't want to walk the dog. The teenager doesn't want to scoop the litter box. The pet hamster is set loose, only to be found weeks later in the jewelry box.

I assumed that when the time came to include our son in the caring for Denali, the now 4-year-old Siberian husky you once heard so much about, would be such a struggle. As I often am when it comes to parenting, I was wrong. Very, very wrong.

Miles, 19 months, is enamored with the dog (more so than the dog is with him) and is eager to be a part of Denali's rituals. He pulls the Furminator from its spot and tries to brush Denali. He grabs the toothbrush for the sink with an almost maniacal laugh as he heads toward the dog saying, "brush teeth." And yesterday, you can imagine my surprise when I saw Miles carrying the 5-gallon bucket in which we store Denali's food toward the bowl. A nice gesture but Denali had already been fed.

This morning's attempts were a bit more appropriate. Miles spotted an empty water dish and carried it to me, saying ,"Water, water." I told him to put the bowl down on the rug and we could give Denali some water. A sport bottle as filled a quarter-way and given to Miles to not so gracefully pour in the bowl.

Again and again and again.

Once Denali heard he had a fresh beverage, he came to inspect and lap it up. Miles was not willing to stop filling the bowl, though, and became a bit impatient at the required wait as Denali drank.

But I guess what's good enough for the dog is good enough for the babe because Miles was soon drinking what was intended for the dog.