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Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Instagram knows that I am a dog person. Currently I have 5 in my house. Four that are mine and one that is a Hurricane Harvey rescue that I am fostering. To say it is a busy house full of kids and beagles, and a schnauzer mix, is an understatement! While I am well aware that not everyone can have 5 dogs running around the house, I am blessed that I have a large yard and kids that help me make sure they get the food, treats and love they need! I believe in adopting pets over buying them from breeders or puppy mills. I am also a BIG supporter of celebrating every adoption of every dog! So, in honor of my last adopted Beagle, Joy and the potential adoption of Eddie, I threw an ‘Pup Rally’ party complete with their favorite treats, Pup-Peroni®, and some awesome decorations!
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What is a ‘Pup Rally’? It is a celebration of a dog that is adopted! Included were some play masks for the kids, fun dog print balloons, an adoption certificate I am waiting to give the new family and, of course, a ton of Pup-Peroni® in a great treat jar that I proudly will display in my kitchen. Just like we get birthday parties, dogs who are adopted get Pup Rally’s to support their happiness in their new family.
As a person who has done both – adopting and purchasing a dog from a breeder – I am a firm believer that all dogs need homes. I really don’t care, once a dog is here, how it finds its safe and loving place to nap and play. But, in my experience, dogs who have a tough history or are considered ‘unadoptable’ by most, need the most love and attention. Eddie is close, with a family already interested!
As far as I am concerned, we should practice Eddie’s Pup Rally now! While we at it, we might as well celebrate my other dogs too, which include 3 adoptions and a dump that I brought home as a puppy.
As you all know, Jack was a pup that I adopted just 3 weeks after he lost his eye. How and why he lost it no longer matters. All that matters, as you can see on Instagram on his One Eyed Jack page, is that he is sufficiently spoiled and loved all day every day now.
Joy is my feral dog. With a really rough start of her own she has had a hard time settling into a family. But she is my Joy with her sweet smile and happy tail wag to remind me that she is a family pet that just needs a little more love.
Piper is my old lady. I didn’t adopt her until she was 6, and her past is littered with sadness too that no longer matters. She quickly became the queen of my heart. The alpha of the pack, she is the sweetest thing wrapped in a big, furry package!
My Bud. What can I say about my Bud? Dumped at 5 weeks old I took him in when I saw him at a crawfish boil. He has been with me since before kids, with kids and is one of the best dogs I have ever had. At 14 I am praying for 14 more years but cherish every single day that he is here.
Now, you may ask. Why so many Beagles? Well, I know my personality and I know the breed I most relate to. Bud is not a Beagle, obviously, but he is special. I know my tolerance and how to handle a high energy, curious Beagle nose to the ground because I did my research before hand. I KNEW that they were going to go crazy when they saw their favorite treats, Pup-Peroni® and I knew that they would be able to smell them no matter where I tried to hide them. The L O V E them!
Like… LOVE them!
If you have opened a package you might understand why. The aroma of real meat and ingredients wafts though the air drawing in every canine sense. My Beagles go nuts for these things!
I also knew that they would follow a scent to the ends of the earth, that they are a loving and pack breed and that there was no way I was ever going to get a Beagle not to sleep in my bed. I am OK with all of those things because this is the breed I adore. Pup-Peroni® wants you to find the breed you love to adopt so, in honor of Adopt-A-Dog Month (October), Pup-Peroni® consulted its in-house veterinarian to provide tips for adopting and welcoming a new pup into your home.
- Do your research! Even before going to the rescue study up on dog breeds to understand the types that have the characteristics you’re looking for, and like dating, make sure you have chemistry when you meet.
- Get the kids involved. Welcome your children to take part in taking care of your new pup. Not only will the kids and pup form a strong bond, the children will also benefit from the responsibility. A study by the American Association for the Advancement of Science found that pet-owning children exhibit more self-reliance, independent decision making skills, higher self-esteem and social competency than non-pet owning children.
- Show affection. Dogs are social animals who want to please and they understand positive reinforcement like petting and yummy treats, such as meaty Pup-Peroni.
- Get ready to laugh – and move. According to a 2016 study published in the journal Society & Animals, researchers found that people who own dogs laugh more than non-pet parents. Another study from the American Journal of Physical Health found that adults who own dogs take 25 percent more steps than their counterparts, which equates to 11 more minutes of activity per day.
Now that you are ready to adopt it is time to create that celebration that amplifies any adopted dog’s ‘Pup Rally’!
Share with my your pups adoption story! How many dogs have you adopted?