We’ve all seen the commercials, Facebook feeds and newspaper articles even the evening news, showing all the dogs that are in shelters waiting for a good home for whatever reason they are there, it always breaks my heart and I always hope that Families will adopt a dog and give these fur babies a happy home. Sometimes I wish I could bring all those babies home with me and give them the best home they could ever have, but we all know that’s not going to happen.
We already have three amazing fur babies and my husband would pack his bags if I bring yet another baby of any kind into this home, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help these babies out. Did you know that during the month of October if you buy Pedigree dog food or Pedigree plain dog treats at Sam’s Club, Pedigree is helping to feed shelter dogs by donating one bowl of dog food for every Pedigree dog product purchased at Sam’s Club. Isn’t that a win win for all?
I know it’s a start and it won’t even cost you a penny extra and your fur babies have to eat anyways, so why not pick up your Pedigree treats or food at Sam’s Club and help shelter dogs, too. We’ve been feeding Pedigree ever since I can remember. My mom gave Pedigree to our dogs when I was little and now my babies get Pedigree food and Pedigree treats, too.
Our very own Woodstock once was one of these shelter dogs, it breaks my heart thinking why he was at the shelter, wondering how he got there and if you look at that precious face hope he wasn’t at the shelter too long. If you think of shelter dogs you probably think dogs that are mean, that can’t integrate into a family or that have hurt people that is totally not true at all. Look at my baby, he is the sweetest, most loving dog I have ever met. He showers us with kisses and affection every day, I look into his puppy eyes each night telling him how much we love having him and wondering how someone couldn’t love this bundle of joy.
Woodstock has been a blessing from the moment we meet, he was housebroken, and besides being a bundle of energy, has no issues at all. I’m thankful that he made his way to a shelter in South Miami where he later was moved to the Orlando area and we eventually found him through a Rescue group. Sounds like quite the journey my little baby has made to get to our home but I’m sure without programs like Pedigree these dogs wouldn’t have a chance to find loving homes.
I love all three of my Peanut’s the same, Charlie was my first member of the Peanut Gallery, yet we did not get him from a shelter, I still consider him a rescue. We rescued him from a family that was unable to handle him at the time, the family had 4 little children (all under the age of 3) and he was only 4 month old, a bundle of joy and full of life himself. The women was going to give him to a shelter when I found her posting and I dropped whatever I was doing to drive 45 minutes to meet him. I wasn’t thinking, I left to meet this pup and bring him home. I could have been mugged, I could have been robed, and I could have had so many things happen. I didn’t know the family or area, but I wanted the baby and I was determined to bring him home and that I did; 10 years later he is MY BABY.
Ask everyone, I will do whatever it takes, still to this day make his life the best he has ever had. Through sickness and health no matter what we are there for this baby, forever!! He has never been an issue for us ever and I still to this day wonder, why? Why did the women give this amazing fur baby away, he is lazy as can be, he is loving as can be. The only thing I come up with, she wasn’t meant to be his forever home, it was with us!
Snoopy came along 9 years ago, he was the only one that came from a breeder, if you want to call it that. I still feel that we actually were his rescue angels. We had Charlie for a year and always knew we wanted a Beagle. We found a local breeder and went to visit him, he was the last of the litter, 4 month old and the breeder didn’t have much trust in him as a hunting dog. We really weren’t looking for a hunting dog, if we take him out hunting it wouldn’t be all that often. I mentioned that he probably would be more a house dog and a lab dog. The breeder just looked and said “Can’t change an old dog, he will never be a house dog trust me Ma’am”. Well, 9 years later and guess what… He sleeps in the bed, front legs on the pillow, back legs on the bottom pillow and his body under the ceiling fan, tongue hanging out!! Tell me, is this a hunting dog?? Oh and let me tell you, he loves his plain dog treats a little too much, even runs in circles for them!
But, what the real rescue was with Snoopy wasn’t that we turned him into a house dog, when we picked him up, he smelled, boy did he smell. We loved him the minute we brought him home (we wiped him down with fabric softener sheets all night long to get the smell off him…crazy, I know). We took him to the vet the very next day and he had a double ear infection almost to the point where he lost hearing in both ears, luckily we caught it and with lots of medications and a high, very high vet bill (mind you, I just paid for this dog at the breeder and a day later paid a HUGE vet bill.. what can I say, I love my babies)… he recovered, the bad smell was urine all over his white fur, which was actually stained yellow from laying in his own you know what at the breeders place. I should have turned the breeder in, I never did, instead I nursed our baby to health and he has the best life he could have ever had with us now, too. So even though he wasn’t a shelter dog, I look at him as a rescue as well, who knows how he ended up if we wouldn’t have found him.
Just because you see a happy dog inside a fence somewhere, doesn’t tell the entire story. With the Holidays quickly approaching and many people have a dog or puppy on their wish list, I highly encourage you to check out a shelter dog, they are just as loving, cuddly and passionate as a brand new puppy and most are potty trained already, too. They need you and you need them. They will give you so much in return and for people like me that just can’t take in any more fur babies there are awesome programs like #PedigreeGives that lets us help in many ways to help shelters operate and take dogs in to keep them safe till they find their forever home.
Did you adopt a dog? Are you planning to adopt a dog?
Are your fur babies part of your Family?