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Last spring, our beloved cat, Oscar disappeared. He went outside in the morning to do his business and never returned. My dog, Vincent, and I were devastated. Vincent became depressed and I admit that I spilled my fair share of tears.
Vincent lost interest in everything. He didn’t want to eat his food or play with his toys. I bought him new food and new toys, but it did little to improve his spirits. Other than the heartbreaking moments when we would stand on our front porch and gaze across the yard in what I assumed was looking for Oscar, he remained resting near my feet, inconsolable. The only way I could pep him up, was to take him for a walk. But even that little bit of excitement he managed to rouse was short-lived.
I was concerned about him and feared that we may lose him too. But just when things looked especially bleak for Vincent, someone dropped two stray cats off at our country home; a mama cat and a young kitten.
The mama cat was wild and skittish. Her only interest was eating, while the kitten and my adult dog quickly became fast friends. Willard (our kitten) was just the formula Vincent needed to bounce back to life.
Mama Cat eventually got used to us and calmed down, so we can pet her and hold her, and while she and the dog now tolerate each other, her main interest remains food. Those stray cats were an answer to prayer and provided companionship to Vincent.
Though Vincent has traveled a great deal with my family in the past, during the disappearance of Oscar, we it would be better for him at home. He doesn’t travel as happily as he did when he was younger, and I didn’t want to subject him to anymore stress while he was in his fragile state. I didn’t even like to travel during that time.
Thankfully, I have grown children that he loves that were able to stay with him and check in on him throughout the day.
Preparing to Travel without Pets
Getting ready for a trip without Vincent is difficult under the best of circumstances. Vincent gets nervous when he sees me packing my suitcase. To help him with the transition, I would get my suitcase out of the closet several days before I began to pack for my trip. This allowed him to ease into the mindset that his owner and caretaker was going away for a few days. I also showered him with more attention and a few extra treats.
There were a few go-to items and favorite things that I made sure were available to make the transition to pet sitter easier for Vincent.
I made sure to leave a list for the pet sitter that included our Vet’s number in case of emergency, as well as instructions regarding Vincent’s routine. I made sure his blanket was washed and that his favorite toys were in his basket. I also gave him a bath, so he smelled good- this helps to ensure he gets lots of attention. I also made a trip to PetSmart to stock up on a few essential items.
- Calming Tablets
- A Calming Collar
- His favorite treats.
- A new toy
- Plenty of dog food so he wouldn’t run out.
This printable Checklist for your Pet Sitter is a starting point to help you remember what information to share with your sitter. You want your dog’s routine to remain as stable as possible in your absence.
A Trip to PetSmart- an Adventure your Dog will Love
To prepare for my trip, I promised Vincent he could go to PetSmart with me. I even dressed him for the occasion. He enjoys traveling in the car, but it’s been a while since I’ve taken him inside PetSmart with me, so I placed him in the cart to make sure he’d behave.
While Vincent has been eating grain free dog food for the past six months, he doesn’t like the flavor of his current brand. My plan is to switch him to the Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Grain Free Adult Dog Food. Made with real chicken, beef, lamb or salmon as the #1 ingredient in all dry formulas, I was confident that I could find a flavor that Vincent would like. The food is available in wet and dry formulas, which is nice since Vincent is getting older and having a harder time chewing his hard dog food. Plus, he still thinks the wet foods are a tasty treat. The Pro Plan® SAVOR® provides optimal nutrition to support healthy and active lives for our pets, with taste that makes mealtime something they’ll look forward to.
Vincent selected the flavor of food he wanted, and we moved on to the cat food aisle.
My cats don’t need to eat grain free, but since Vincent would often rather eat cat food than his, I decided grain free is the way to be and selected the Purina® Pro Plan® True Nature™ cat food with high-protein to feed my cat’s natural instincts and packed with natural flavors and nutrients to keep my older cat sharp, agile and focused whether she’s inside or out. There is also a ProPlan for kittens!
Education for Pet Owners
Selecting pet food can be an overwhelming task. Thankfully, Purina Pro Plan knows that our pets are unique and so is their diet. They offer more high quality, specialty, formulations than ever before. The Purina Pro Plan University takes the guesswork out of what type of food to feed your pet when you answer a few easy questions. You’ll even receive a $5 off coupon after you complete the brief survey and receive a meal plan customized to your dog or cat’s needs with the myPlan Tool.
The Social Hub offers a variety of tutorials for pet owners that feature many great Purina Pro Plan brands. You’ll learn tips to help you engage with and spoil your pet while you continue to learn about the ProPlan brand.
Learn how to Save at PetSmart
PetSmart also provides several ways for shoppers to save money. An in-Store Offer runs through 12/3/17. 47lb-50lb bags of Purina Pro Plan dry dog food is $49.99 while you can save $4 on a 12ct Variety Packs of the Pro Plan wet dog food. There are savings for cat owners too, save $2 off a 5.5-7lb bag of Pro Plan dry cat food.
Save money while learning more about the Purina Pro Plan and their purpose-driven recipes which are available in grain-free or no corn, wheat or soy options to satisfy picky eaters, supporting cognitive health and more.
This line is backed by a team of over 400 Purina scientists, including nutritionists, behaviorists and veterinarians to offer outstanding nutrition. Every ingredient is necessary and selected with purpose to supply your pets with the nutrients they need.
There is also a Shopkick Promotion that runs through November 30th. Earn 10 kicks by watching an educational video. Earn 50 kicks for scanning the barcode on select Purina Pro Plan cat food, dog food or treats product. Earn 200 kicks for purchasing select Purina Pro Plan products and submitting your receipt. Kicks translate into gift cards at your favorite stores.
Shopping at PetSmart is an adventure. Not only can I shop for Vincent’s needs, I can also pick up a few items to spoil him. On this trip, he selected new food and a new toy while I shopped the seasonal merchandise for a cute football jersey. It doesn’t matter if I’m not really a fan of the team, right? The jersey sure looks cute on Vinnie!
I love that Vincent is so welcomed at PetSmart. He even got a treat from the cashier. I imagine for a dog, it doesn’t get much better. Especially when you have a buddy waiting at home to play.
Have you tried the Purina ProPlan line of food products for your dog or cat? Remember, you can get customized meal plan with the myPlan Tool and it will even save you some money!
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