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Most of us have or have had pets. Whether they are cats, dogs, birds or something that slithers around, they all become family members.
Here in the Feeding Big house, we have 1 dog, 3 cats and a sweet little Parakeet. Today, I want to tell you a little something about my sweet dog. Her name is Daisy and she has been with us for 7 years. When she came home with us, I used to tease my daughter that Daisy was her replacement – you see, my daughter had already begun her college search and I knew she would be leaving home soon.
Daisy is a Miniature Pincher and Jack Russel Mix. She has always been full of energy! When a family member walks in the door, she acts as if it has been years since she has seen them. She loves to jump up on her hind legs and can almost reach your face to give you a quick lick, her version of a kiss! Her little stubby tail wags on a pretty constant basis. If you say the word “walk” she jumps up and heads to the garage door – we have learned to spell W-A-L-K, so that we can avoid letting her down when she realizes she is not going on what we refer to as a “potty walk”.
Recently, I found out I have breast cancer. Don’t worry, it was caught early and I am on the road to recovery. (Just let me take a moment to implore all of my female readers – get your mammogram.) Any way, back to Daisy. A couple weeks prior to my diagnosis, I noticed she followed me a little more than normal. She always wanted to be in the same room as me, but eventually she would get tired of following me and find a soft spot to lay down and stay put. I thought it was strange that she began to never – and I mean never – leave my side. She would even follow me to the bathroom!
On the day I came home from the doctor with my diagnosis, Daisy sat on my lap. Fully on my lap. She never did that, she would always lay by my side. She stared up at me with her loving little doggie eyes as if to say, “It is ok, Mom. I am here for you.” She was there for me. I could talk to her, I could hug her, I could tell her how scared I was and I could also tell her how angry I was – she always loved me unconditionally. She never expected me to be strong. She gave back to me. She even slept in bed with me (she is a bit of a bed hog!).
Now that I am recovering from cancer, poor little Daisy has health issues. The stress of my illness caused her body to weaken and she now has an auto immune disorder. She is loosing her eye site, she is loosing her hair, she has joint issues and incontinence. Now it is my turn to give her more care than before, more love than before. I carry her up and down the stairs, I make sure she gets her medicine every morning and night, I make sure she goes outside to relieve herself every hour. I am also making sure her diet is the best ever!
Making sure she eats the best she can, means changing the type of food she eats. The first thing I look for is how much real meat is in the food or treat. Imagine how happy I was to find Nudges® Wholesome Dog Treats. Nudges come in different flavors and the best part is that the amount of protein is high. I picked up the Grillers Chicken (18oz) and the Sizzlers Beef & Cheese (3 oz or 18 oz) and she loved both of them.
Next time I head to Walmart, I will pick up the Jerky Cuts that I can get in a value size (36oz). I can feel better about giving Daisy a treat and I don’t have to worry that they are not good for her. You can find them at your local Walmart in the pet care isle too.
Daisy may not be as full of energy as she used to but she is always ready for a hug, pet or kiss. She still shares her unconditional love with all of us and we make sure to share ours with her.
How do you share unconditional love with your dog? I would love to hear about it. I know that giving your loyal canine one of two of the great treats from Nudges would make them happy! Check out all of the flavors on their website! Which flavor do you think your fido would love the most?
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