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I’ll be honest … I never wanted a dog.
I grew-up with cats and, never really being around dogs, I never felt the need to have one.
My hubby felt differently. He wanted a dog since our first day of marriage.
I had been putting him off for years. One weekend, when I still worked full time, my company had a booth at a local women’s fair. We hauled half of our store down to this convention center in February, in the middle of a snowstorm. When I say “we” a big part of the “we” was my hubby. So by the time the weekend was over, we were both exhausted, and he had really taken one for the team.
I told him I really owed him, and he said that I could pay him back by going to look at dogs.
I humored him and said sure, since I knew there was no way I was going to be talked into one.
Sure enough, when we arrived there was one cute face after another, and there was a litter of puppies that called to me.
One of them crawled right up into my lap and snuggled in … and that’s when I knew I was a goner.
No one was more surprised then me as we were riding home with this little fluffball.
From day one, we were the best of friends. She followed me everywhere, and I loved dressing her up in little outfits and spending lots of snuggle time with her.
A few years after I got her, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease and was forced to quit work.
I lost 4o lbs and looked emaciated. I became so weak I couldn’t even walk across the room and didn’t sleep for 6 days in a row.
All of that put me in a very dark place, and one of the main things that got me through was Gracie.
She would crawl under the covers with me and lay her head on the pillow next to me.
You know those crazy people that sit alone in their house and talk to their dogs? Yep that was me. She would stare into my eyes like she understood everything I was saying and give me kisses to let me know things were going to be alright.
Gracie turned 10 in September, and I try to do whatever I can to make her healthy and happy.
One of the things that makes her happy is PEDIGREE® Choice Cuts Dog Food.
Over the past few years, the unnamed child and I volunteer at our local Humane Society. We see so many dogs that unfortunately don’t have the good life that our dogs have.
Through the month of October, when a PEDIGREE® product is purchased at Sam’s Club, PEDIGREE® will donate a bowl of food to a dog in need.
Sam’s Club also carries PEDIGREE® Adult Dry Dog Food in 55 lb. bags, so you don’t have to constantly have to keep running out for more.
You can also upload a photo of the dog in your life to Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #LaterShelter for a chance to be featured on SamsClub.com! The PEDIGREE® brand will donate a bowl of food for every photo tagged.
My hubby was the one that talked me into getting Gracie, but a few years later I was the one talking him into getting LuLu and Charlie.
It’s funny that when you think you are rescuing a dog, sometimes they are actually rescuing you right back.
Make sure you upload a photo of the dog in your life to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LaterShelter for a chance to be featured on SamsClub.com!
The PEDIGREE® brand will donate a bowl of food for every upload, and I would love to see them!
Brenda Gilbert says
I remember back when Gracie came into your lives..and how amazed you were that a dog just does not act like a cat! They jump and do crazy dances when they see you come home..they are soo happy to see you and just be with you! Glad you gave in to Christopher’s dog wishes..although he always told me when I had small dogs, to get a REAL dog..so we got a Doberman! Once when he was about 8 he bid on a boy scout auction and came home with a puppy…Australian Healer mix!! it ate the siding off the house..ate through the cable. He finally had to go live elsewhere! We had too many boys for that dog!
Mary Larsen says
What a sweet dog! I agree that pets can actually be the ones to rescue you 😉 #client