When I was a little girl, I used to follow (or possibly chase!) my grandparents’ dog around chanting, “Drink your water puppy! Drink your water puppy!” I also thought this particular dog — a regal Irish Setter named Barney — was a pony and as such, I would often try to ride him. That dog hated me. But, to this day, my parents and grandparents still remind me of my little chant. I suppose it was memorable. Or, more likely, extremely annoying! Now that I’m a parent myself, I’m sure the sing-songy, relentless voice of a kid stuck on repeat saying “Drink your water puppy!” wasn’t exactly music to the ears! With that said, I think I was on to something. At a very early age, I apparently recognized how important it is to “drink your water” and today, I am singing that same little chant to the little people in our house. And if I had a puppy, I’m sure I’d remind him too. Why? Because I’ve learned the hard way what happens when your children don’t drink enough water. They don’t poop. And that, my friends, is no good at all.