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October is Pet Adoption Month. If you don’t have a furry friend in your life, now is a great time to adopt a dog or cat. We have had a cat (indoor) for almost 12 years, and we have had our dog for almost 2. I love them both almost as much as my kids. They are great company to have around and always happy to see me and give me loves no matter what kind of mood I am in. 😉 Choosing a pet can be a big deal. Dogs have so many good qualities and if you do a little research and find out about the different kinds of breeds you will be sure to find a lifelong friend. We looked at a few shelters before we got our dog.
He is a yellow lab. While most labs are very hyper and have a short attention span, he is pretty mellow and just likes being around. I could tell this in him temperament after spending just a few minutes with him. He is great with our kids and is finally starting to grow out the “puppy stage”. Since he is basically a member of the family, we treat him like one. It is important to have a good dog food to keep them healthy and not irritate their bowels. We tried several different brands to find one that he not only liked, but that his body digested well, and we finally ended up with Pedigree.
We buy Pedigree at Sam’s Club because of the great club pricing, but also because they run cool promotions. Like right now, for every Pedigree product that is bought in the month of October, Pedigree will donate one bowl of dog food to dogs in shelters. This not only gives my dog a nutritious meal, but also helps pets in need. They not only sell food, but also treats so your dog can have a good meal and healthy snacks.
We love our dog, and if you have been on the fence about getting one, I would suggest you visit your local shelter and visit with the furry friends there. Here are my 5 tips on how to adopt a Dog from a shelter:
- Before you go, research online the different breeds of dogs, what their attributes are, and what you like and don’t like about them.
- Figure out how much space you have. You don’t want to bring home a Great Dane, when you only have enough room for a Pomeranian. You will need to plan on not just size, but movement, and the tail…the tail can be a big deal. Like with my dog, he could take out dinosaurs when that thing starts wagging 😉 so keep stuff like that in mind.
- Realize the different needs of the different breeds. Some dogs will need to be groomed regularly. Others will need special kinds of foods. Just make sure you know what you are getting.
- When you get to the shelter, be sure to interact with as many breeds as you can so you can get an idea about the different kinds you researched. Make sure you look for things like how hyper the dog is, if it listens, if it gets a long well with you, if it gets a long with kids, if it gets along with other animals, how protective it is, etc.
- Once you think you have picked out your dog, be sure to play with it, spend time with it and ask as many questions as you can about it. Get to really know it so that there are no surprises. You will be able to tell how their demeanor is going to be just by spending some time with it.
Good luck when you go adopt your Dog! They are amazing animals and it has been so good for our family to have our lab Jake. And don’t forget to stop by Sam’s Club to pick up your Pedigree dog food and plain dog treats to help support the Pedigree donation program.
At Pedigree, we’re committed to helping shelter dogs. We’ve donated over 20 million pounds of food since 2008, helping shelters focus on keeping their pups happy, healthy and ready for a new home.
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I would love you to share your stories about a dog you have and if you got it from a shelter.