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As the summer winds down and the weather starts to cool off, one of my favorite things to do as a family is to spend more time outdoors. Summers in Florida can be pretty brutal but the fall and winter are perfect for outdoor dinners, making s’mores around the fire pit and family walks around the neighborhood. Not only do my kids love the cooler fall weather, but our favorite furry family member, Chloe, does too!
Chloe came into our lives about 11 years ago when Peter had his first dog at the vet and the appointment ahead of him was a litter of seven Basset Hound pups getting their first round of vaccinations. He knew immediately that one of those long-eared, large-pawed puppies was coming home with us. Our lives haven’t been the same since.
Chloe has been with us through all of our major milestones. She was even the key component in Peter’s proposal. I will never forget her clumsily running up to me with a handwritten note tied around her collar. She quickly became the best friend to our kids and protects them both (with kisses) every day. With Chloe recently celebrating her 11th birthday, we are more focused now than ever to make sure we are providing her with the best nutrition and highest care possible. I thought I would share some of the ways our family works together to help keep Chloe healthy and energized every day!
Exercise is so incredibly important to keeping a dog healthy, especially in older age. It helps with joints, arthritis and maintaining a healthy overall weight. Our family loves incorporating Chloe into our daily activity and it’s so fun having her part of the crew. She loves to swim, run and follow the kids on their bikes around the neighborhood. In addition to her daily walks, we try to get Chloe out and active about 30-45 minutes a day. Since doing this, we have seen a huge increase in energy and overall well-being.
Lots of Love and Affection
Okay so this one kind of seems like a no-brainer, but dogs thrive with constant love and affection. Chloe is so lucky because she is such a big part of our lives and she is always on the receiving end of lots of hugs and kisses throughout the day. She is often used as a pillow during movie night – which she promptly gets rewarded for by gobbling up all the dropped popcorn – and she is usually the model for my daughter’s crazy fashion shows. The love and affection she receives keeps her feeling safe, secure and cared for. So give those pets all the love they can handle and then some!
Finding the perfect pet food can be daunting because there are so many options on the market. For us, we knew that there were certain aspects we wouldn’t compromise on. We needed a food that included high-quality real meat, no added fillers and the perfect mix of vitamins and nutrients that would keep Chloe’s overall health in check. Purina ONE® SmartBlend Chicken & Rice Adult Dry Dog Food has been a huge winner in our house and Chloe has thrived since we switched her food to Purina ONE®. Products in the Purina ONE® line are targeted formulas to meet your pet’s special needs and Chloe loves the real chicken & rice. Every ingredient has a purpose and the vitamins and nutrients have given her the energy she needs for our family walks around the hood.
If only I could channel all of Chloe’s energy into my own daily life. I have definitely been feeling the back-to-school stress and although I have all of this new free time, I feel like the to-do lists just keep piling up! My go-to #momlife hack is to do all of my shopping at Target. I am able to get everything from groceries to school clothes to dog food and can knock out a lot of my list (and then some) in one spot. Target always has the best deals and I especially love the goodies I can grab for Chloe when I am doing my weekly Target run. I am even more excited because right now you can get a FREE $5 Target GiftCard™ with a Purina pet food, litter, cat food and/or treats purchase of $25 or more! You can also get 5% off + free shipping when you subscribe to Purina ONE® at Target. Click the photo below to shop now and click here to find more Purina ONE® inspiration. Also, I challenge you to take the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge! You could see a difference in 28 days when you make the switch to Purina ONE®. Sign up now to get a $3 off coupon and a personalized food recommendation for your pet!
I know for most of us our pets are part of the family. It’s so comforting to know that your pet is happy and healthy and living their best life. I hope you enjoyed my tips for keeping your pets nourished, active and loved. I would love for you to share your results after making the switch to Purina ONE® SmartBlend Chicken & Rice Adult Dry Dog Food and what other tips you have for keeping your furry friends happy!
See you next time! xoxo