Father's Day isn't just for parents of humans! If you're a dog dad, it's your special day too! It takes a special breed to parent a pup. Caring for a dog takes love, devotion, and patience. It means walking your dog rain or shine, picking up (lots of) poop, keeping her safe, and so much more. We found 7 great dog dads and asked them to share a bit about what makes these beloved relationships so special.
Gus's dog dad Mark from @kurgo
I never thought of myself as a parent. The responsibility, pressure, stress (financial and emotional) that comes with having children was not even a little bit on my agenda. I don’t have kids, but I’ve always had a dog. A yellow lab named Murphy was by my side for 13 years. She was a great dog all her life, but the last few years, when her health was failing, were the most special. I had the privilege of caring for her in a way I’ve never done for any dog or person, before or since. That was when I first realized she was family. Her eyes would light up when I walked in the room, even if I was gone for just a few minutes. That glow was present when I walked into her room at the vet on her last day (July 3, 2008).
One month later, I rescued a 2-year-old old black lab mutt named Gus. He is still by my side today at 12 years old and from Day One, he’s been my boy. A recent cancer diagnosis (osteosarcoma) in April of this year required the amputation of his right hind leg. We still go for walks through the woods, fight over who gets the pizza crust and share a distrust of cats. Again, I was reminded that the financial and emotional responsibilities associated with raising children is not limited to the two-legged versions. My kid has three legs, big floppy ears, an irrational fear of houseflies and I am privileged to be his dad.
Mark is Kurgo's Distributor Sales Manager for our Domestic & International channels.
Lucy's dog dad Humberto from @lucyadventuregunn
I fell in love with Lucy on her first snowy day in Hoboken, New Jersey. After frolicking in the snow for hours she was cold and wet, and her little legs couldn’t make it home, so I picked her up and carried her home in my arms. Ever since then, all I want to do is spend time with her at the park, on a trail, or running between the waves at the beach. She has made my life more exciting and adventurous and I can’t imagine my life without her.
Lucy and Humberto and family recently traveled across country together. Check out their account to see their awesome RV adventures and a look at all the states they visited.
Maya's dog dad Joe from @kurgo
In 2010, my wife, Kelsey and I were living the dream DINK life in downtown Chicago, working and traveling a lot and enjoying all the great activities the city had to offer in our free time. While we knew we wanted a dog, we weren’t sure if we had time for one. That all changed the second we laid eyes on the little 8-week-old yellow fur ball that would become our first child, Maya. The only thing that matched Maya’s cuteness was her energy and stubbornness. We spent an entire year in training classes, but we loved it, and as she learned to become a well-behaved city dog that we could take anywhere, we learned the patience and discipline we needed to be good parents (of dogs and kids!). Our family has grown to include three human kids, but Maya continues to be an integral part of our family. She loves playing fetch and swimming with our kids, she and I have logged hundreds of miles running together, and she goes to work with me every day. She’s made us better people and we can’t imagine life without her!
Joe is Kurgo's Vice President of Finance and Operations.
Squall's dog dad Andy from @sr_drummond
Having Squall in my life brings pure happiness each day. He’s ready to go on any mission, no matter what it is, and I couldn’t ask for a better adventure co-pilot.
Squall and Andy live in New Hampshire, where they spend much of their time exploring the White Mountains. (This photo is from Bond Cliff in the Whites). They share stunning year-round New England photography on their account.
Blizzy's dog dad Dillon from @dead_head93
Life with my Australian Shepherd Blizzy is impeccable. She was my missing link to get back into nature because she so naturally feels at home in the outdoors. The ultimate bond and trust we create on our travels and explorations are spine tingling and I wouldn't change it for the world.
Blizzy and Dillon hail from South Carolina, where they enjoy exploring the highway 11 corridor as well as the off-trail sections and cliffs of the Linville Gorge in North Carolina.
Remy's dog dad Devon from @remythesilver
When I first lost my Father and moved into his old house I was in need of company and distraction. Every day since Remy came into my life has been a new adventure distracting me from the hurt and keeping me great company. Was Remy a rescue? No, but I believe in a way he rescued me.
Remy and Devon live in New Hampshire. Remy recently became a Kurgo ambassador!
Raleigh's dad Antonio from @morethanraleigh
Everything that I do with Raleigh is more for me to enjoy his smile. He’s so full of life. Even when I’m feeling down, he’ll do anything and everything to see me smile and laugh. A year ago I couldn’t see myself with a dog, now I can’t see my life without him.
Brooke Spater runs Social Media Marketing at Kurgo. Amongst other things, she manages the Kurgo blog and enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 kids, and their 90 lb. Goldendoodle named Baxter.