The little owner was punished by his mother, and the loyal dog volunteered to help overcome it together.
Dogs make wonderful companions not only for adults but also for kids, often forming strong bonds with their young friends.
It’s heartwarming to imagine a dog willingly keeping a 3-year-old company during a timeout, standing by each other through good and bad times as true friends do. They play together and support each other, even in moments of reprimand from parents.
In Ohio, a mother was surprised when the family’s dog joined her son during a timeout to reflect on his behavior. It’s a testament to the special bond between a child and his furry best friend.
When three-year-old Peyton got into a disagreement with his five-year-old sister Ryleigh and hit her, his mother, Jillian Marie Smith, decided to give him a timeout as a consequence. She presented Peyton with two options: stay in his room or take a timeout. The young boy chose the latter.
Then something amazing happened. According to Good Morning America (GMA), the family dog, Dash, came over to join Peyton during his timeout. Dash stood by the boy’s side, and Peyton wrapped his arm around his furry friend. The dog didn’t want his little buddy to be alone. It was a touching moment that demonstrated the depth of the bond between a child and his loyal companion.
Jillian Marie Smith witnessed this heartwarming moment and captured it in a photo.
“I just happened to have my phone with me at the time he was in timeout and took the picture,” she told GMA.
She shared the photo on her Facebook page with the caption, “When you’re in timeout but your best friend won’t let you serve your time alone.”
Smith speculated that their English Mastiff, Dash, may have sensed Peyton’s loneliness.
“I couldn’t stay mad for long because it was just so cute how Peyton wrapped his arm around Dash,” Smith told The Dodo. “When Peyton had to go to timeout, I think Dash knew he needed his buddy.”
Dash was not the only furry friend to join a child in timeout. Many pet owners responded to Smith’s photo, which has been shared over 51,000 times, sharing their own stories of how their dogs do the same thing.
“I have a little Beagle that won’t let my single 8-year-old twin do timeout alone,” one person commented.
Another person shared that their pit bull does the same thing when their kids are in the corner, except the dog faces the wall with them. “It’s the most adorable thing ever. Dogs are so sweet!” the social media user continued.
According to Smith, Dash has been by Peyton’s side since the little boy was just three months old. Since then, the furry companion has brought a lot of joy to the family, especially to Peyton.
Whenever Peyton needed to leave, he would say to Dash, “Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon. Don’t be sad.” And when he returned, he would excitedly announce to his best friend, “Bro, I’m back! I missed you so much!”
Smith, who lives in Norfolk, told TODAY Parents that her son enjoys dressing up their 230-pound (104-kilogram) “gentle giant,” Dash, in superhero costumes and acting out fight scenes.
“Peyton dresses up Dash in superhero costumes and they act out fight scenes,” Smith said. “I don’t think Dash understands what’s going on, but he lets Peyton do whatever he wants.”
Smith also mentioned that Peyton and Dash are “always together.” If she can’t find her son, she simply looks for their furry companion to locate him.