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The first time I laid eyes on my puppy, he was behind bars. Not the bars of a friendly kennel, he was behind the bars of a cage at my local dog pound.
Just old enough to be adopted, the puppy my family adopted had been through the ringer. He was poorly cared for with a dull, dirty coat and an ear that was half chopped off. A tiny brown beagle-mix pup, he caught the eyes of my kids right away and pulled at my heart strings, though I admit, I had initially been a bit apprehensive when I heard my kids wanted to adopt a dog. Those concerns soon disappeared.
My kids knew right away that he was the puppy they had prayed for. They couldn’t wait to get him home to love on him. And love on him they did!
Since he had been abused he had a few issues. He was scared of everything! He was also very sick with a bad case of kennel cough but I nursed him back to health with Colloidal Silver and good old chicken livers. Everyone in the family smothered him with attention- even those who had balked at the idea of adopting a dog were found snuggling with him at every available opportunity.
During the month of October, my family is celebrating six years with our rescued pound puppy, Vincent Van Gogh. He has adjusted beautifully with this traveling family of mine. Joining us in dozens of hotel rooms, and finally as a full-time RV dog, he traveled everywhere we did for the first two and a half years of his life.
Appropriately, October is also Pet Adopt Month. It costs a lot of money to operate an animal shelter and many are overcrowded with dogs like Vincent, just waiting for a home. Pedigree is stepping up to help feed shelter dogs. For every bag of Pedigree dog food or box of Pedigree treats purchased this month at Sam’s Club, Pedigree will donate one bowl of food to help feed shelter dogs.
I shop at Sam’s Club for Vincent’s plain dog treats. The larger packages save me a bit of money and ensure I don’t run out the Pedigree Dentastix, which he looks forward to and needs to keep his breath fresh.
Today, our Vincent is happy and carefree. When he’s not running through the yard chasing squirrels, you’ll find him close to my feet or waiting for my now, grown kids to come home from work. I love having Vincent as a part of our family and I’m so happy that I didn’t give in to those initial reservations.
Did you adopt a dog? Please share your story!
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