A Southern Grace: it's a dog's life #PawsToSavor

June 14, 2016

it's a dog's life #PawsToSavor


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This dirty, smelly, adorable, obnoxious, sweet, feisty beast has become such a huge part of our lives since we adopted him about 8 months ago.

He drives us crazy sometimes, but all he has to do is look up at me with those beautiful brown eyes, and all is immediately forgiven...even this:

Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® Shredded Blend helps pet owners connect with their pets through meaningful mealtimes that make it easier to savor those moments that really matter. We're introducing Marleau to this food because we believe that feeding it to him will help make his life better and our lives together more rewarding. After all, taking time to savor the things you love truly is the simplest way to find happiness. Case in point:

How can you not laugh at that?

My husband and I love to hike, and we're in the process of getting Marleau trained to come with us. While we're carb-loading in preparation for a big hike, Marleau's stuffing his face with the finest dog food we've found.

He still plops down to eat his meals!

If you're planning to take your dog hiking, there are a few things to consider bringing:

-Fresh water and a collapsible bowl
-Food and treats
-A sturdy leash for walking or securing your pet to a specific area
-Doggie bags for waste
-Protective booties for rough terrain
-Towel to clean your dog...because he WILL get sweaty and dirty, just like you!

It's important to train your dog first with small hikes--don't take him on a strenuous trail the first time out! That would be as hard on a dog as it would be on a human. Even though it may slow you down, you should stop frequently and offer your dog water throughout your hike. Don’t feed your dog a large meal before a hike instead, feed a portion of his meal and supplement treats throughout the hike.

For your sake as well as your dog's, avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day and keep walks to a reasonable pace and distance. Watch for signs of overexertion like excessive panting, drooling, weakness, or bright red gums. If you can, hike where there is shade and some water along the way for cooling paw pads. After the hike, check for fleas and ticks, even if you regularly treat your dog for those pests.

Speaking of after the hike...

Purina® Pro Plan® is dedicated to helping owners discover their dog’s full potential through high-quality, great-tasting nutrition and expert resources. They have a team of over 400 scientists including pet nutritionists, veterinarians, and behaviorists, and every ingredient is carefully chosen for a specific purpose. This food has a taste dogs absolutely love, satisfying every dog from those picky eaters (not our pooch!) to dogs who barely pause to take a breath while eating. Real poultry, meat, or fish are used as the primary ingredient in all dry formulas, which feature a combination of crunchy kibble and tender shredded pieces for a taste and texture dogs crave.

We got our new and nutritious dog food at PetSmart, and Marleau had a blast--he made himself right at home! (Coupon alert: SPEND $15 on any Purina® Pro Plan® product, 5/31–7/5 and SAVE $15 on your next purchase of 10.5-lbs. or larger Purina® Pro Plan® Dry Cat or Dog Food or Litter by 7/31.) You can and should find out more about Purina® Pro Plan® on their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram, where you'll see just about all of the cute critters you can handle! Whatever you do, spend as much time with your pet as you can--savor every moment!


rooth said...

Awwwww they grow up so fast. And I love how he sleeps :)

Angie's Recipes said...

haha...he surely enjoys his food! He is so adorable, Grace.

All That I'm Eating said...

What a lovely little face! You could never be angry at that.

Momma Told Me said...

When we 'hike' we end up putting our pup in the dog backpack- shes so small her legs get tired quick. It's the ONLY way to wear her out though! #client

Marjie said...

Jeff always puts a harness on Tank when they go hiking for better control. He says a retractable leash is a great idea, too, because then Tank can wander around a little when they're in uncrowded areas. (Tank is the black German Shepherd who hangs around here.) Your Marleau is adorable!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

He's such a cutie! I love little dogs. They've got so much personality. We really want one but our apartment won't let us have one.

Robin said...

I LOVE those ears! He's adorable!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Those eyes! Could never get mad at him, even for the plant :)

Inger @ Art of Natural Living said...

Wow, what a cutie! Doggie carb-loading... too funny!