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Life is better with a dog. Who else loves you unconditionally and thinks you are the most fantastic person ever? The days in my life where I have not had a dog are very small in number. Dogs have brought untold joy into my life and likely to yours as well. We currently have two dogs, one that was rescued from a shelter and one that was adopted from a family member who could no longer keep her. Our shelter dog is named Buddy and today I am sharing his story with you because October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.
Buddy is a nine year old Shar Pei and Pointer mix who we adopted from a shelter when he was about six months old. My husband had just come back from a 14 month deployment and my son was three and a half years old. I had a lovely 13 year old dog, but my son wanted a dog of his own. The post-deployment reintegration period can be tough for families, and my son had to adjust to a lot of changes. We decided to get my son his own dog as his buddy to make the process easier for him. We visited our local animal shelter and my son picked a dog that he bonded with immediately. He fittingly named the dog Buddy and since he was already neutered, we got to take him home the same day.
Buddy has been such a wonderful addition to our family. We rescued him from the shelter but he helped our family as well. He was my son’s best friend during a complicated time in his life. He has been a constant and loyal companion. He is a high energy dog and he loves to spend time with us and accompanies us on walks, runs, and hikes. In the old picture below, we were camping and he alerted us to a mountain lion that was encroaching on our campsite. Without that warning, things could have gotten pretty ugly.
My son and Buddy have grown up together. I pray this wonderful dog has a unusually long life because it is hard to imagine life without him. He is a friend, a guardian, an alarm system, and a loyal companion.
Shelter dogs make wonderful pets. My best dogs have come from shelters and that is where my next dog will come from, too. PEDIGREE® wants to partner with you to help shelter dogs. During the month of October, when you purchase a PEDIGREE® product for your own dog at Sam’s Club, PEDIGREE® will donate a bowl of food to a dog in need. By feeding your own dog, you will be helping shelter dogs, too. That is awesome! Hurry in to Sam’s Club before October ends so you can help make a difference to a dog in need. Sam’s Club has a large supply of PEDIGREE®, as you can see in the picture below.
But wait! There is another way you can work with PEDIGREE® to help shelter dogs. Simply upload a photo of the dog you love to Instagram or Twitter and use #LaterShelter and PEDIGREE® will donate a bowl of food for every upload. You may also have your photo featured on the Sam’s Club Web site.
See other shelter dog stories and images here.