Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by AvoDerm Natural Dog Food, a food my dogs have known and loved for months!
I love my dogs. There, I said it. I love them. I spoil them. I treat them like mini-gods sometimes and yes, I do it even when they don’t deserve it. They each have their own bedtime crate and they have their own daytime playpen. They have pillows, blankets, and far too many toys. During the winter they wear sweaters to help them stay warm (and because they look SO cute!). They receive all of their vaccinations (even the ones that aren’t required), get regular pedicures (even when I skip my own) and are microchipped so I stand the best possible chance of finding them if anything ever happens.
Maybe I’m a helicopter-parent for dogs, I don’t know. What I do know is that I love their furry little faces more than just about anything and I don’t believe that dogs live anywhere near long enough. We celebrate our dog’s birthdays every year (September and February) with peanut butter cheese ice cream and an extra-long trip to the dog park. Last year Tebow, our chihuahua, turned 6. Since chihuahuas typically live between 14 – 18 years I’m now at a point where I have to admit that in 2 months he’ll be middle-aged, about half his life will be already gone. It breaks my heart but that’s why I do my best to keep them healthy. They get their vaccines and shots, they take their doggie medicine, they go on long walks, and they eat super healthy. I once had someone say to me, “You know, you can buy cheaper dog food. They’ll be ok.” I almost lost myself especially considering how much we spend on groceries for ourselves! Plus, AvoDerm Natural Pet Food is well worth every penny.
Here are a few ways we nurture our relationship with our pets
Buy healthy food
I hear a lot of people worry about two things when it comes to dog food – the ingredients and the price. My rule when it comes to ingredients is that if I can’t pronounce it, my dog isn’t eating it. AvoDerm Natural Dog Food is the our food of choice. It’s full of healthy natural ingredients (like avocado, yum!) and a big bag of it won’t break the bank.
I used to hear a lot of stories about avocado not being a good food for your dog but that’s not true. I checked with my vet before accepting this sponsored post from AvoDerm and my vet actually encouraged me to give it to my dog as long as I avoided the skin and the seed because that is what can be toxic. The avocado itself is actually a natural superfood full of nutrients, crude fiber, and vitamins A, C, and E, as well as B6. They also help to promote overall health.
The avocado meal and oil used in the AvoDerm Natural pet products comes from the meat of the fruit and does not contain the leaves, bark, skin or pit of the fruit. The oil is extracted from ripened fruit in which the meat pulp has been separated from the skin and the pit. Try it for yourself? Save $5 on AvoDerm Natural Pet Food.
Want more info on avocado for your dog? You can read more about it on the ASPCA website.
My dogs absolutely love meal time now (they eat at 6am, 11am, 4pm, and 9pm). They sit by their bowls so patiently waiting for their food and finish every bite. My vet always tells me how healthy their coat is, how clear their eyes are, and how happy they look. That makes me feel like a good dog momma.
Give them a lot of playtime
Our dogs get hours of playtime every day. I try to play with them for at least 30 minutes in the morning before I leave for work so that they can release some of that early morning energy. We’ll go for a walk or play tug of war with their rope or stretchy dog. Out of courtesy for our apartment neighbors I try to not to play fetch or do anything that encourages barking. Ropes are really durable so I tend to buy a lot of those. I especially love the ones with two ends on one side because they will team up so it’s me vs them. It helps me keep them both occupied at the same time.
In the evening we try to play 30 minutes of fetch or boxing (they love to box!). If I have to work late, which I sometimes do from home, I either hide tiny treats around the apartment so they can play seek and find or I’ll pack tiny treats in to those puzzle toys so they have to fight to release the cookie. It keeps them mentally stimulated and occupied, usually for at least an hour.
Enjoy outdoor time
My chihuahua, Tebow, typically acts like he couldn’t care less about going outside. In fact, sometimes he runs and hides under a blanket when I get his leash off the hook as though I won’t make him go if I can’t see him. Once he’s outside though, he loves it! He rolls around in the grass and takes in the fresh air. He’s just a really chill dog.
My chiweenie, Wilkins, on the other hand can’t wait to get outside! I swear, he’d live outside if he could. He thinks it’s the greatest thing ever. The moment he sees me move toward his leash he’s overwhelmed with excitement. His whole body starts to shake and wiggle. He just wants to be outside.
We go on long walks so they can sniff and explore. We go to the dog park on the property here or we’ll drive down to the big dog park around the corner. It’s good for them to be outside, run, play, and be dogs. I always get compliments on their shiny coats when I take them to the dog park and I always tell everyone it’s due to the AvoDerm Natural Dog Food. It’s the avocado y’all, I tell ya.
Be good to your dogs. Nurture those relationships. Remember to feed them well, play with them often, and get them outdoors!
Dogs are family and I encourage everyone to treat their dogs like family. Remember, a good indicator of your dog’s overall health is their coat. Is it soft and shiny? It should be! Right now, AvoDerm Natural® is offering a $5 coupon for anyone to try AvoDerm® pet food. The company guarantees you’ll see a softer, shinier coat for your dog in six weeks.