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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?