This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
If you have ever read my blog then you know that aside from my children, my dogs are the most important thing to me. My dogs are my four legged children with hearts of gold and snuggles to give. Both of my dogs are rescues. One from a crawfish boil when he was 5 weeks old and the other from a hound rescue last year when she was 6 years old. I chronicled Piper’s journey to us when I encouraged readers to consider adopting an older dog. I have a soft spot for dogs that are in need of homes. More than the cute puppy that everyone wants, these dogs come fixed, with shots and with a personality you can see and fall in love with instantly. In American shelters, there are millions of dogs who people pass up because they are ‘too old’. Everyone wants to get that cute puppy and forgets that they grow into these sweet, endearing dogs that will love you their whole lives. To help save these dogs while the right person comes along and realized what love shelter dogs of all ages have to offer, Pedigree dog food is giving a dog in a shelter a meal for every Pedigree product sold at Sam’s during the month of October!
Because I am a huge supporter of shelters and the adoption of dogs as opposed to breeding them, maybe it has something to do with my own adoption?, I am always looking for ways to help shelters and the people who dedicate their lives to helping animals that need homes. Aside from food donations – which are ALWAYS NEEDED – I have volunteered and helped with my time. In fact, years ago when Tropical Storm Alison hit the Houston area, half the city flooded. Among those needing our help were the dogs and cats that were left to fend for themselves as people fled to higher ground. I hugged my then beagle, Ali, and headed to the SPCA with food and time to give. I spent the day bathing puppies, cats and dogs and learning about the process. Yes, a lot of animals are put down in shelters. It is a fact. When the shelter has too many animals and not enough of what they need, they have to eliminate the weakest, less adoptable pets. It is a heartbreakingly sad reality.
In fact, my Piper would have been one to put down if she had gone to a public shelter instead of a no kill rescue. When I got her, the previous owner had her on anti-anxiety medications because they said she was too hyper. They had her on bladder control pills because she could not hold it in and peed when someone touched her and they had her on other medications meant to ‘calm’ her. In the little over a year that I have had this amazing, beautiful dog, she has never taken a single pill. In fact, we are only just now due for our first vet visit as she came to me fixed, immunized, microchipped and perfect.
This dog has been an amazing addition to our family. The girls dress her up, pull on her tail, ears and scratch her belly and she always let’s them with no complaint. She and Bud have become best friends and now can not go anywhere without each other. It almost brings tears to my eyes to know that the first 5 or so years of her life, she was treated as a nuisance. Her biggest issue now is her snoring. And tooting. But that could be my fault since the kids and I ‘accidentally’ let food fall to the floor for the dogs to enjoy.
As for my cutest ugliest dog in the world, Bud, well… he is the ultimate mutt. Had I not taken this tiny puppy in that day, he was off to the shelter. Because he is not ‘traditionally’ cute, he could have been marked unadoptable and simply put down. This fierce dog that protects us, literally, from everything, is the backbone of this house. He is the perfect dog for kids, the sweetest dog for me and life without him is unimaginable. As he is getting older, I am spending more time loving on him and appreciating this gem in the ‘what is that?’ package.
These are just my stories of my dogs who I am truly blessed to have found. We can help reduce the number of amazing pets that are put down every single day just by doing the little things. When you are at Sam’s buying that 55 pound bag of Pedigree dog food for your pet, grab another and donate it to a local shelter. When you are stocking up on Pedigree DentaStix at Sam’s, grab some for some dogs in need. Every little bit helps, I promise!
I did just that the other day. My dog Bud is starting to show a lack of appetite due to older teeth and the hardness of food. So I needed to stock up on Pedigree cans for him. While there getting that, I bought a 55 pound bag of food for a local shelter and some DentaStix too. On my way home, I stopped and donated the bag. The shelter was so thankful and indicated that a 55 pound bag would feed their dogs for 2 days! In addition, because I bought 3 products at Sam’s, I donated 3 more bowls to a shelter that needs it.
LIKE Pedigree on Facebook and Tweet with Pedigree to learn more about this amazing program and how you can help! You don’t even have to be a pet owner. Just a person who loves to help those who can not help themselves!
Pedigree on YOUTUBE has amazing videos as well!