Are kids ever any cuter than that moment after they've fallen asleep and you go to check on them one last time and kiss them softly so as not to wake them? I think not. And it doesn't hurt to have a spoiled pup snuggled in between either.
Training Huxton has given me occasion to reflect on parenting. Unlike how I raise my kids, I really didn't question how I was going to train Hux. I just jumped in and did what felt right and effective, I worked with him the way I had seen my dad work with our dogs growing up. And I'm happy to say that he's doing awesome! He's not a perfect dog, but I think he's well on his way to becoming a very happy, well-adjusted, well-behaved member of the family. What more could I ask? In fact, that's about what I want for my kids too, and I realized that a lot of what I'm doing with the dog, I could and should be doing with my kids!