a little love for my little dog { and how the blog got it’s name!}

This post was sponsored by Milk-Bone® as part of a Two-Post Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Taking a moment today to give a little love to the namesake of this little blog.

Jackson was the whole reason I started to blog. I got him after graduating college. I had my first real job, a great apartment, new roommates and I wanted a little sidekick to join me on my journey.

I had grown up with a dog – our family dog, Biscuit {a cocker spaniel} had been a part of our life since my brother and I were kids. We begged our parents for a dog and when a family friends pup had puppies, my parents surprised us with Biscuit when they picked us up from my grandma’s house one summer.

I still remember waiting on my grandmas porch up for my parents to pick us up after a weeks vacation at grandma’s house. We were waiting and waiting and then my mom came around the corner, not in the car, but walking a little puppy!

It was the best surprise ever.

So needless to say, I’ve always been a dog lover. When I got myself settled after college into “real life” my first mission was to find the perfect pup.

And I totally did in Jackson.

Soon after getting Jackson, I started blogging – when I was deciding on a blog name, I was super into Wicked {and Wizard of Oz} so it only made sense that the famous line “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too” was part of the beginning of my blog. It was a suggestion by my roommate at the time {Hi Jill!} and it was totally perfect. I still love is so much to this day, because the blog totally started as a way to document my new beginnings with a pup. And then evolved into marathon training, loosing weight  & healthy living, recipe sharing, documenting our engagement, wedding, travels, pregnancy, babies and everything in between.

And I love that and her little dog too is all encompassing all of my life the past 10+ years I’ve had my little dog and been blogging away!

Back to the little dog – If you’ve ever met Jackson in real life, you will totally get it when I say that he is more like a cat than a dog. Likely because he grew up with my roommates cat, Mojito,  when he was a pup. Jackson doesn’t bark, or make any noise really. He’s a little puppy ninja that happily chills and watches the world around him go by.

Seriously, best dog ever.

And I love that my boys are now growing up with a little dog too. I think its amazing to have a dog in their lives, they both have a special love for animals and I’ve been starting to give Brooks and Graham each responsibilities with Jackson – like feeding Jackson {which they LOVE} and helping me walk him {which they are obsessed with}. It’s fun to go on daily walks, with my three boys, and explore our neighborhood together.

I think kids that grow up with a pet have a special bond and create lasting memories with the furry friend of the family. Jackson is amazing at calming the boys down if they are upset with a cuddle and a kiss and I’m pretty sure when the boys have a meal, it’s Jacksons favorite time of the day {because my kids drop a TON of food!} And Jackson loves to help clean-up! The boys love giving him treats and teaching him tricks { sit, high five}

// throwback to halloween last year – me and my dragons

I’m obviously a dog lover and I’m happy to instill that love in my boys too. I want them to grow up loving animals and respecting them along with treating them with kindness and care. That’s why I’m excited to team up with Milk-Bone and Canine Assistants.  This year, Milk-Bone is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs to children and adults with physical disabilities and special needs. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Milk-Bone has created a heartwarming video to showcase some of the dogs and pet parents who have been helped over the years to show just how dogs are more.

Be sure to take a minute to watch this amazing Canine Assistants video:

Thanks for following along with my life, my boys and my little dog too over the years! I’ll be sure to include more Jackson updates in upcoming posts, since it’s nice to share his story too.


  • What makes your dog part of the family and why is he/she so important to you?
  • Why did you decide to own a dog?  How has your life changed in a positive way since?
  • What did you think of the Milk-Bone Canine Assistants video? Did it change your opinion about dogs and their role(s) in a family?




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  • Reply Patty October 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks Milk Bone for all you do – the video is truly heart warming. I have always known how special and helpful dogs are to us. Biscuit and Jackson have always loved Milk Bone snacks too!

  • Reply Jill October 23, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Just saw this!! I remember the conversation about your blog name like it was yesterday! Love that it has stood the test of time! 🙂

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