When we chose to adopt a dog (twice!) it helped complete our family

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Anyone following me on Instagram (or any social media platform for that matter) knows that I love my animals. John and I have four fur kids: two dogs and two cats. All were rescues-the cats were dumped and we adopted the dogs from a local shelter. We cherish the time with our pets and are so grateful to those who make it so easy to adopt a dog. I was so excited to learn of the opportunity through #CollectiveBias to talk about my dogs and how, through the #PedigreeGives program, we can all make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs during October with the donation of Pedigree dog food.

Our woof babies

When we moved to our house in Elkins, we knew we would get a dog. We specifically bought a house that would be good for a dog. We both adore our cats but also love dogs. We first adopted Flower who was a year-old shepherd mix (we think).

She had been adopted and returned several times because well, the humans were stupid. As in they didn’t give her the stomach medicine she needed then got upset when she got sick. The shelter worked to get her up to proper weight and healthy again and we continued the regiment when we adopted her.

Flower was more than a year old when we brought her home from the shelter. She was underweight but such a good dog.
Flower was more than a year old when we brought her home from the shelter. She was underweight but such a good dog. Healthy, protein-rich canned foods like Pedigree dog food is a great way to increase a dog’s weight in a healthy way. Giving them junk food will increase the weight but cause other health problems.

 

A couple of months later, we decided to help the shelter out by fostering a dog. It didn’t even take two weeks before we became foster failures … Flower and Jazzy loved each other so much and were so clearly connected that we couldn’t stand to break them up.

Jazzy was also underweight when we got her and we thought she was a beagle mix. Once she started to fill out, we realized she's a Black Mouth Cur. This is the first photo we took of her when we were trying to help get her adopted (she was our foster dog).
Jazzy was also underweight when we got her and we thought she was a beagle mix. Once she started to fill out, we realized she’s a Black Mouth Cur. This is the first photo we took of her when we were trying to help get her adopted (she was our foster dog). Last winter’s weather prevented her from getting enough exercise and we accidentally let her get overweight. We utilized Pedigree’s weight management canned food to help bring her back down to a healthy weight.

 

These two dogs are a perfect match for each other and our family. Their adoption made our family of six complete.

I happened to catch this shot of them together on my cell phone camera. They are two peas in a pod.
I happened to catch this shot of them together on my cell phone camera. They are two peas in a pod.

 

An adopters reunion

A couple weekends ago, the shelter where we got Jazzy and Flower hosted the coolest event. They had an Adopters Reunion where supporters, adopters and volunteers could come to a local park (and bring our adopted dogs!) for a party.

Image courtesy of the FAS Facebook page.
Image courtesy of the FAS Facebook page.

 

John, me and the #SmithPuppies at the FAS Adopters Reunion (yes, our pets have their own respective hashtags).
John, me and the #SmithPuppies at the FAS Adopters Reunion (yes, our pets have their own respective hashtags). You can tell from their panting it was really humid that day!

 

Participate in the #PedigreeGives campaign for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

As I mentioned above, both our dogs came to the shelter sick and underweight. The shelter made great strides to improve their health and gave us good guidance on continuing that trend after we adopted them. Did you know that most shelters only serve their dogs high protein, healthy food? They are kind of picky on what foods they will accept as donations and they should be. The canned Pedigree dog food is on that list.

Any Pedigree dog food sold at Sam's Club qualifies for the #PedigreeGives program.
Any Pedigree dog food sold at Sam’s Club qualifies for the #PedigreeGives program.

This is a perfect match because in October, Pedigree will donate one bowl of dog food to a shelter for every Pedigree dog food product purchased at Sam’s Club.

What we did is when we went to purchase our own Pedigree canned dog food, we bought and extra package and will donate that to our local shelter. That way, we are in a way giving back twice. That means our dogs get high protein food, the shelter dogs at our local shelters get the same food, and Pedigree will donate the cost of two meals because of our purchase. 
What we did is when we went to purchase our own Pedigree canned dog food, we bought and extra package and will donate that to our local shelter. That way, we are in a way giving back twice. That means our dogs get high protein food, the shelter dogs at our local shelters get the same food, and Pedigree will donate the cost of two meals because of our purchase. If you have a new shelter pet, I would suggest starting with the chicken because it’s less rich.

 

I couldn't help but close with this in-store shot. Considering I call them my fur kids (or woof babies for the dogs), how ironic is it that in my Sam's Club, the Pet Care is next to the Baby Care?
I couldn’t help but close with this in-store shot. Considering I call them my fur kids (or woof babies for the dogs), how ironic is it that in my Sam’s Club, the Pet Care is next to the Baby Care?

 

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  1. It makes me crazy when I hear about people who adopt pets and then don’t care for them properly. It was a blessing that they returned Flower so that you could take care of her the right way. #client

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