I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #NudgesMoments #CollectiveBias
As you all know, I am kind of obsessed with my pets. They are not just pets to us they are members of the family. Which means pet safety is very important to us.
There is Charlie:
If you’ve read many articles on this site, you’ll know that I love working with dogs and our local Humane Society, and I’m a strong advocate of dog rescue programs.
When rescuing dogs, you always run the chance of them having some type of issues. Just like people, dogs tend to come with baggage: it can range from a fear of fireworks; being afraid of men, women, or children if they have been mistreated; to health issues.
In our house, Gracie is afraid any time the air compressor comes on, Charlie is scared of the vacuum, and LuLu is afraid of … well everything actually. You see, our Lulu was rescued from a puppymill.
Lulu had never been let out of a cage and had no socialization with people or other animals (aside from dogs in the neighboring crates. When the rescue found her, she and hundreds of other dogs where stacked on top of each other, and they had to shave her down since her fur was so soiled and matted.
From there, she was sent to a foster family where they had three small children who were extremely handsy trying to make her play. She went from no socialization to too much, and she basically had a nervous breakdown.
So by the time we adopted her, she was in rough shape. When we got her home she immediately went under the couch since she was deathly afraid … everything. It broke my heart to see her so terrified. The only way we could coax her out and gain her trust was by using treats.
As you can imagine potty training her was a nightmare. Every little noise she heard outside, from a bird chirping to the wind blowing, sent her right back into the house.
Again we had to use treats as positive reinforcement dog training to reward her, and eventually things got better.
It took two years of working with her for her to eventually trust my hubby to sit on his lap, but she got there.
The biggest concern we’ve had with dogs treats has been which ones are safe? In the last couple of years, there have been so many horror stories of pets being poisoned from contaminated treats produced in factories overseas. We’ve been concerned about what was safe to give our furbabies.
So when we found out that WalMart carried Nudges (which are made in the USA, free of fillers, and made with real American meats), we knew we found a winner!
They come in different varieties: Health and Wellness Chicken, Beef, Bacon, and Duck.
Our pups are pretty spoiled and don’t always like all treats, so we crossed our fingers that they would eat them.
It turned out that they didn’t just like them, they loved them! I thought I was going to lose a finger when I gave Charlie his!
Throughout the years and all of the struggles we have gone through with Lulu, I am still so grateful that she was brought into our lives.
With all of her issues, I can’t bear to think what would have become of her if she had been adopted by someone who wasn’t as understanding and as willing to work with her.
I think we have made her life so much better, and I know she has done the same for us.
Our three furbabies are all best buddies, who shower us with puppy kisses everyday.
If someone brings that much joy into your life, why wouldn’t you want to be sure that the treats you are giving them are safe and healthy?
Your babies are so adorable! And it’s wonderful that you’ve given them such good homes. I’m going to try these treats with my fur baby. He’s afraid of everything, too…especially the vacuum cleaner! And, yes, he’s part of our family like your babies are part of your family. I notice your babies don’t have any blue paint on them in the pictures (lol).
Shanna, since our puppy is coming home with us in less than a month, I was glad to read this post about safe treats. Thanks!
Cindy Brooks says
Lulu’s story breaks my heart! We have a Bichon named Glacier. She’ll be 2 in September, We got her from a local breeder who runs a loving, healthy kennel. Bichons are naturally loving and love to cuddle, so I know she must have been horribly abused. I’m so glad she’s come to trust and love you. Glacier follows us all day long and cuddles with us all night. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have 3 of them!
We’ve also adopted dogs from the local humane society & are trying to be more careful in what kind of treats we give them.
I’m a 61 yr old gal who grew up on a farm & all our dogs received was some dry dog food & bones from our supper leftovers. So after we adopted Bob & Sweetie we too often gave them bones as treats. Imagine the shame I felt when our vet said those bones had broken some of their molars!
I am also leary of buying any treat made outside the United States because I have read heartbreaking stories of beloved pets being poisoned by foreign made dog treats. Thank you for letting us know about this new product so we can better protect our pups!
Amy @ StowandTellU says
That is amazing how far Lulu has come since you have had her. Our cat is a rescue and he had similar issues. He still scurries away to hide under the stairs if anyone new comes over to the house, but he is so sweet once he gets to know someone. It really looks like all your furbabies are enjoying the Nudges. The pictures are sooooo cute!!
Thank you for sharing those sweet little pups!! Too cute 🙂
Sarah B says
Thank you for rescuing those little sweeties!! Our dog is also a rescue (as are both our cats) and she has some issues as well. We are her third home, that we know of, and we think she may have been used in fighting (we believe she is part pit–she looks like a very muscular black lab puppy, and has an extreme fear of other pit-like dogs and Boxers, as well as a fear of tall men) There have been times, on walks, where she’s become so terrified and worked up that my husband has had to carry her home! I’m so glad your three have you, and that they get to enjoy Nudges!! #client
Love that last photo! How sweet! So glad you gave your puppies a wonderful and safe home!
Elena @ `a casarella says
I was just hearing about the concerns with Chinese made dog treats on the radio 🙁 So glad you were able to find a solution! (And I might be a teensy-weensy bit obsessed with Charlie…)
Thanks Elena! Lol! We are a bit obsessed with him too!
SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says
Aww, your pups are adorable. What a blessing you are to them and they to you. ♥
Thank you Sheila! I do love my babies!
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
What cuties you have! It’s so important to give dogs food and treats that are healthy. I’ll have to check out Nudges for our dogs!
Thanks Jen! What we won’t do for our furbabies!
All three of your dogs are so cute! And poor LuLu….I’m so glad y’all rescued her.
Thank you Sharon! They definitely live a pampered life!
Laura @ Inspiration for Moms says
I have been looking for some safe treats for my little pug guy. I will have to check these out! Love all your little white cuties!! 🙂